Get ready to vote! Information & Deadlines

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd.  The deadline to register to vote online or by mail is Monday, October 26th.  Mail-in voter registrations must be received, not just postmarked, by this date.  You can register in-person to vote until 8pm on Election Day at an election center.  Plan ahead to avoid lines.

Ballots must be returned to a ballot drop box by 8pm on Election Day.  Nearby ballot drop box locations include:

  1. Garfield Community Center
  2. Seattle Central College
  3. Uwajimaya 
  4. King County Administration Building
  5. Beacon Hill Library
  6. Rainier Community Center

For a full list of ballot drop boxes:

Three ways to register to vote

1. Online

You can register online, 24 hours a day, at the Washington Secretary of State’s website.

To register online, you will need:

  • A current Washington State driver license, or
  • A current Washington State ID card

If you do not have either of these, you can still register by mail or in-person.

2. By mail

Download and print a voter registration form and mail it to King County Elections. Forms are available in many languages.

3. In-person

You can register to vote in-person at the King County Elections Office in Renton or at a Vote Center.

You can also register to vote at one of our community events.

Who can register

To register to vote in Washington, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A legal resident of Washington state
  • At least 18 years old by election day
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction

Read more about who can vote in Washington.

Future voters

16 and 17 year olds can now pre-register to vote! Registrants under the age of 18 will have their registrations held until they become eligible to vote.  See King County elections for details at:

(Photo credit to King County Elections)