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Washington

Population

7,614,893

Voting-Age Pop.

5,173,974

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 54 %
Trump 38 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 26, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    Yes
  • ID Required
    No


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Washington is a vote-by-mail state.

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Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot? Chevron Icon

  • Yes, all registered voters in Washington will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the general election.

Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

Yes, all registered voters in Washington will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the general election.

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  • Oct 16: Your ballot is mailed to you at least 18 days before each election.

When will I receive my ballot?

Oct 16: Your ballot is mailed to you at least 18 days before each election.

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  • Your ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day or returned to a ballot dropbox by 8pm on Election Day.


    If you fail to sign the ballot declaration, or the signature on the ballot declaration does not match the signature in your voter registration record, your county elections department will contact you.

Mail Send Icon Postmarked or returned to dropbox: Received by Nov 3, 8pm

Your ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day or returned to a ballot dropbox by 8pm on Election Day.


If you fail to sign the ballot declaration, or the signature on the ballot declaration does not match the signature in your voter registration record, your county elections department will contact you.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


    Washington is a vote-by-mail state.


    Registered voters will be mailed a ballot.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


Washington is a vote-by-mail state.


Registered voters will be mailed a ballot.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Each county opens a voting center prior to each primary, special election and general election. Each voting center is open during business hours during the voting period, which begins 18 days before (Oct 16), and ends at 8pm on the day of the general election.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

Yes

Register to vote in person any time before 8pm on Election Day.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

No

To register to vote online, you'll need a Washington state driver's license or ID. To register to vote by mail, if you do not have a Washington driver's license, permit or ID, you may use the last four digits of your Social Security number to register.




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