Voter Registration Requirements

  • You need to be a United States citizen.
  • You need to be a legal resident of Washington State.
  • You need to be 18 years of age or older on Election Day.
  • You can't have been convicted of a felony, unless you've had your voting rights restored.
  • You can't have been declared by a court to be mentally incompetent and ineligible to vote.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registers by mail, you're required to submit proof of identification either at the time of registration or when you vote. You can include a copy of your identification with your registration form today! Acceptable forms of ID include: a current utility bill, bank statement, valid photo ID, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

Don't forget -- your state may have additional ID requirements when you go to the polls.

If you have additional questions about voting in Washington, please contact:

Elections Division: (360)-902-4180 or (800)-448-4881;

Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by: 29 days before Election Day.
  • Online:29 days before Election Day.
  • In person: eight days before Election Day.

Felony Information

Under Washington law, if you were convicted in Washington State Superior Court, you may register and vote as long as you are not either in prison or in community custody for that felony with the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC). If you have questions about whether you are on community custody with DOC, call 1-800-430-9674. If you were convicted in another state or in federal court, you may register and vote as long as you are not incarcerated for that felony. Remember, you must register to vote in order to receive a ballot. For more information, visit the Washington Elections Division's website.

Information for Students

  • You must be a resident of the state in which you register and vote. If you're a student from Washington who attends school in another state, you may need to determine whether you're a Washington resident or a resident of the state where you attend school. The important thing to keep in mind is that you may only cast your vote in one state.
  • Here's what Washington says about residency: Under Washington law, residence means your permanent address, where you physically live, and maintain your abode.
  • If you determine you're a Washington resident, but will not be present in this state or will be away from your home district on Election Day, be sure to check the absentee ballot application requirements and deadlines. In addition, Washington residents who attend school in-state, but in a different election district, may be eligible to register and vote in the election district where they live while attending school.
  • To determine whether you're a resident of a different state where you attend school, be sure to check that state's residency requirements.

Identification Information

Washington says that you need to bring ONE of the following forms of identification:

  • Valid photo identification (such as a driver's license or state identification card, student identification card, or tribal identification card), or
  • Voter identification issued by a county elections officer, or
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check or other government document
A voter who wishes to vote in person but cannot provide the required ID may vote by provisional ballot.

Same Day Registration


Early Voting Information

All registered voters in Washington, except for those in Pierce County, will be sent a ballot in the mail at least 18 days before the election.

Vote by Mail

Return your ballot either in-person at a ballot collection location before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, or send it back, ensuring it is postmarked by Election Day.

If you are unable to return a regular absentee ballot by Election Day, you can request a Special Absentee Ballot from the County Auditor beginning 90 days before an election.

In Pierce County, you need to request an absentee ballot from the County Auditor beginning 90 days before the election and no later than the day before the election.

Secretary of State