All of Washington State votes by mail. If you are a registered voter, you’ll receive your ballot and voters’ pamphlet through the U.S. mail about 15-20 days prior to the election (earlier to military and overseas voters). Ballots and voters’ pamphlets are mailed separately by bulk mail, so may arrive in your mailbox on a different days.
All counties in the state conduct elections the same way, using vote-by-mail ballots (also known as absentee ballots), which are kept in secure storage while not being processed. Processing includes the verification of signatures and postmarks, removing the inner envelope from the outer envelope and removing the ballot from the inner envelope. Ballots are typically secured with numbered seals and a log is kept of the seal numbers to detect any inappropriate access.
To vote, be sure to fill out your ballot, sign your ballot, and return your ballot by election day. Elections usually take place four times a year, in February, April, August and November.
2020 election days
Here are the current year election dates and deadlines in Washington State:
- February 11, 2020 special election
- March 10, presidential primary
April 28, 2020 special election. No April election will be held. No resolutions were submitted for the ballot; the deadline to submit was February 28.
- August 4, 2020 primary election
- November 3, 2020 general election
For questions about registering to vote, helping someone else to vote, finding voter instructions in other languages, or any other information to help you exercise your voting rights, go to the Washington State elections page.
For additional information about issues and candidates in your area:
- Washington State online voters pamphlet
- King County elections
- Seattle elections
- Pierce County elections
- Tacoma elections
- Snohomish County elections
- Everett voter information
- Kitsap County elections
- Island County elections
Election Day in the U.S.
Election Day in the U.S. occurs the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. Elections for federal offices (President, Vice President, and Congress) and for many state and local government offices occur on Election Day. Governments do not hold elections for every office each year (for example, U.S. presidential elections are every four years). Some areas hold early elections (voting before Election Day).
Contact your state election office for information on election dates and what will be on the ballot in your area.
Fun facts about King County elections
- All King County elections were conducted entirely by mail beginning February 2009
- There are over 1.1 million Active Registered Voters in King County
- King County Elections headquarters is located in Renton, WA