Welcome Washington voters! Below you will find your upcoming election dates, voter registration deadlines, state requirements for Voter ID, as well as information on online voter registration, automatic voter registration, vote-by-mail, early voting, and minor pre-registration.


Primary Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Party Primaries
Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
August 7 July 9 (postmarked) July 9 July 30 Beginning in 2019


General Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

General Election Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
November 6 October 8 (postmarked) October 8 October 29 Beginning in 2019


Online Voter Registration

Yes, Washington has Online Voter Registration. Need WA drivers’ license or ID. You can register online here.

Voter ID

Strict = if no identification, voter must take additional measures after Election Day to have ballot counted

Non-strict = if no identification, voter still has option to cast ballot that may be counted without additional measures by voter

Washington has non-strict photo ID requirements. Here are the approved forms of ID in the state of Washington:

  • driver’s license
  • state identification card
  • student identification card
  • employer identification card

Note: Most people vote by mail, where there is not an identification requirement.


Washington voters are all mailed a ballot. Must be postmarked no later than Election Day or returned to a ballot drop box by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Early Voting

Yes, Washington has in-person early voting. Voters are all mailed a ballot. Each county opens a voting center prior to each election. Begins 18 days before Election Day. Ballots must be submitted in-person by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Early voting is located at designated county voting centers.

Automatic Voter Registration (Motor Voter)

Washington will have Automatic Voter Registration implemented by July 2019. It automatically registers individuals (or updates current voter registration) when interacting with Department of Licensing, unless the applicant opts out. It also allows a path for other state agencies to do the same.

Minor Pre-Registration

Washington allows voters to pre-register at the age of 16.

Links to State-by-State Charts

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

Online Voter Registration

Automatic Voter Registration

Vote By Mail

Early Voting

Voter ID

Content Updated Summer 2018


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