Washington! Here's a fun cautionary tale to tell your friends to scare them: In 2002, a local candidate, Kevin Entze, lost to his opponent by ONE vote. What's worse, his own "close personal friend" actually admitted they never mailed their ballot in time. Brutal. Maybe Kevin was a bad friend. But you're not. Be a better friend to America. Washington has two main elections in 2022: Its primary election will take place on August 2, and the general will be held on November 8. Here's what you need to know to be a voter in the Evergreen State. (Source: Ballot Ready)

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Key Dates

Jul 25

Primary Registration Deadline (Mail/Online)

Jul 15 – Aug 2

Primary Early Voting

Aug 2

Primary Election / Vote By Mail Return Deadline

Nov 8

General Election

Washington Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    We're working with Vote.org to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

    register here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Kind of, but you're a lucky state! All elections are conducted by mail in Washington, so no voting booth needed for you, just make sure you're registered by July 25th. But if you need to, you can register in person at your local county elections office or voting center on Election Day.

    register here
  • Do I have to be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote in my primary?

    In Washington, all candidates are listed on the same primary ballot. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party, face off in the general election.

  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! Actually in Washington, as soon as you're registered, Washington sends you a ballot automatically. All you have to do is mail it back by August 2nd.

  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! You can vote early between July 15th-August 2nd.

  • Do I need an ID?

    In most cases, no! ID is only required if you use an audiovisual unit at a voting center. If that's you, here are the forms of ID that will get you there: Photo ID, such as a driver's license, state ID card, student ID card, or tribal ID card, voter registration card, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document. Get all the details from VoteRiders.

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