Aren’t we lucky to live in Washington State? Over the decades, our state has led the way with mail-in elections that make voting easy and secure. All you need to do is register, receive your ballot in the mail, and return it by mail or by using a drop box.
If you need to register or want to check on your ballot, go to votewa.gov.
We encourage voters to return their ballots as soon as they can to official drop boxes maintained by county Auditors. Click to see drop box locations in Jefferson, Clallam, and Grays Harbor counties. (We hear that Grays Harbor has added another box at Taholah.)
Check your ballot before you return it. Did you vote both sides? Did you sign the envelope? Did you include a phone number so the Auditor can contact you if there is a question about your signature?
Our county Auditors print and mail the ballots to every registered voter (no need to request one). Voters may return ballots in drop boxes or by mail (no postage needed, must be postmarked by election day). Auditors process the ballots when they are received and count them quickly on election night. Ballots trickle in after election day. Counties certify their results after a couple of weeks. The state certifies the election after a month.
If you have a relative or friend who cannot return their own ballot, it is legal under Washington law to return it for them. Again, the drop box is the best option. If someone asks if you want them to return your ballot on your behalf, you might want to make sure that you have their contact information. They can make sure the ballot was returned by visiting voteWA.gov