Election Rules

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 26, or Election Day registration if voting in-person

Washington is a vote-by-mail state. Ballots are mailed out by October 16 and can be submitted any time from then until Election Day (November 3). Voters who wish to drop-off their ballots in person can find drop box locations here.

Washington’s Address Confidentiality Program for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, stalking and criminal justice employees provides special voter registration for the participants in the program. Learn more here.

Restoration of Voting Rights After Felony Convictions: The right to vote is automatically restored for felons after the completion of their parole or probation.

ID Requirements for Voting: ID is not required for mail-in ballots. If voting in-person, ID is not required but voters must sign a declaration affirming identity.

Absentee Voting: All registered Washington voters are mailed their ballots 18 days prior to the election. Contact your country board of elections office if you need your ballot sent to a different address from where you are registered at. Find more details here.

Gender Gaps in Representation

Washington is one of six states that is represented by two women Senators and one of seven that has 50% or more women in its congressional delegation. Washington ranks 4th in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

Washington Congressional Delegation

Washington State Legislature

Voter Turnout

Washington had higher voter turnout than the United States overall for both men and women in the the 2016 Elections.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size