Absentee voting in Washington, also called “mail-in voting” or “by-mail voting”, is casting your vote by mail-in ballot before the day of the Election. All states will mail a ballot to you if specific criteria are met, but some states have much stricter rules to meet these conditions. The voter may return the ballot in person or by mail. With uncertainties and unknowns around USPS delivery of your "mail-in" ballot during Covid-19, you may want to check for ballot drop-off boxes in your area as an alternative way to deliver your absentee ballot.
Washington State votes by mail every election. All counties conduct elections vote-by-mail. All absentee ballots are kept in secure storage while not being processed.
All eligible voters are sent a ballot at lesast 18 days before election, UOCAVA up to 90 days. Mailing address can be anywhere in the world.
If you are a registered voter and do not receive your ballot, contact your county elections department.
Early In-person Voting
Early voting in Washington allows you to cast your vote in person before the day of the Election at specific polling locations that may differ from the Election Day locations. Voting early in person allows you to cast your vote while the number of people waiting to vote is much smaller than Election Day. Please follow the recommended CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines.
Election Day In-person Voting
If you’re voting in person in Washington on November 3rd, 2020 follow the recommended CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines.