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How to Vote in Washington’s 2022 Elections

En español | Washington’s Nov. 8 general election includes races for U.S. House and Senate, the state House and Senate and several statewide offices. The state's primary was Aug. 2.

Essential info:

  • Voting by mail: All registered voters will automatically be sent a mail-in ballot for the general election, so they can vote from home.   
  • In-person voting: Washington will offer in-person voting for the general election starting Friday, Oct. 21, and ending at 8 p.m. on Election Day.
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A woman deposits her ballot into an official drop box in Washington state.
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What's new this year?

A new redistricting plan has changed the boundaries of some state legislative and U.S. congressional districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.

What races are on the ballot?

  • U.S. Senate: Patty Murray (D), Tiffany Smiley (R)
  • U.S. House: all 10 seats 
  • State Senate: 25 of 49 seats  
  • State House: all 98 seats 
  • Secretary of State
  • State Supreme Court, intermediate appellate courts and others 

Candidates for the general election will be posted as primary results are finalized.

How do I register to vote?

  • Online: Use the state’s VoteWA portal. You’ll need a current Washington state driver's license, permit or ID card. If you don’t have one of these, you may still register by mail or in person.

Online and mail registrations must be received (not postmarked) by Monday, Oct. 31, for the general election.

  • In person: Visit your county’s election department during normal business hours or anytime before 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can also register in person at the Department of Licensing; you must do so no later than Monday, Oct. 31, for the general election. Local organizations and candidates may also conduct voter registration drives in your area.

Check or update your registration via VoteWA.

How can I get a mail-in ballot? Are there important deadlines?

All registered voters in Washington will be sent ballots via mail for November’s general election — you don’t need to submit a request. The ballots are sent at least 18 days before Election Day; so by Friday, Oct. 21. For military and overseas voters, ballots are sent up to 45 days before Election Day.

If you’ll be away during the election period, or if you’ve moved, contact your county’s elections department and ask for your mailing address to be updated.

You can return your completed and signed ballot in the following ways:

  • By mail: Your ballot must be postmarked by Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. If mailing your ballot within a week of Election Day, be mindful of mailbox collection times — a late postmark could disqualify your ballot.
  • Via drop box: Your ballot must be returned to a drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Log in to VoteWA for a map of drop boxes and voting centers in your area.

If your original ballot is destroyed, damaged, lost or not received, request a new one online by logging in to VoteWA or contacting your county’s election department. Replacement ballots may be sent via mail or electronically, picked up at your county’s election office or printed from an online application. If you request a new ballot, it will supersede any previously issued ballot.

Can I track my mail-in ballot?

Yes. Log in to the VoteWA site and select Ballot Status. Allow up to five business days for your ballot to be posted as received.

Can I vote in person before Election Day?

Yes. Each county opens a voting center on Friday, Oct. 21, for the general election. Business hours differ among voting centers. On Election Day, however, most open between 7.30 a.m. and 8.30 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

You can locate your nearest voting center by logging in to VoteWA or contacting your county’s elections department.

When is Election Day? When are polls open?

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. If mailing your ballot, it must be postmarked by this date. Drop boxes and voting centers close at 8 p.m.

Log in to VoteWA for a map of drop boxes and voting centers in your area.

Do I need identification to vote?

No, not if you are already registered. Your signature on your ballot declaration will be compared against your signature on file in your secured registration record. This signature is collected when you register to vote, which is when election officials verify your identity.

If you are registering to vote on Election Day, you will need to provide a current Washington state driver's license, permit or ID card, or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Aug. 4, 2022, with information of November’s general election.

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