Washington

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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary August 5, 2014 General Election November 4, 2014
Registration August 5, 2014 November 4, 2014
Ballot Request August 5, 2014 November 4, 2014
Ballot Return Signed by August 5, 2014 By mail August 18, 2014 By fax/email 8 PM, August 5, 2014 Signed by November 4, 2014 By mail November 24, 2014 By fax/email 8 PM, November 4, 2014

Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

How can I register to vote as a military or overseas voter?

Fill out and return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your local election office. This form allows you to register to vote and identifies you as a voter covered by UOCAVA (Federal law providing special protections). You may also register online at www.myvote.wa.gov if you have a Washington State Driver's License or State ID card.

What is my voting residence?

The place you consider your true, fixed and permanent home.

Do I need to claim a political party to vote in primary elections?

No.

How can I submit my FPCA?

You may mail, email or fax your FPCA directly to your local election official. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

How often must I submit my FPCA?

The FPCA is good for every subsequent election held until the voter is no longer registered to vote in the State.

If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot?

You can request a ballot online at www.myvote.wa.gov if you have a Washington State Driver's License or State ID card. You may also fill out and return an FPCA to your local election office.

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB)?

You may return your voted ballot or FWAB by mail, email or fax.

What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

Washington allows you to use the FWAB for registering and voting in primary and general elections for Federal, State and local offices and non-candidate ballot issues without having previously registering or requesting an absentee ballot. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State?

A U.S. citizen who was born abroad and who is eligible to vote and who has never lived in the U.S. may register and vote in the county where a parent would be eligible to register and vote.

Will I need a notary or witness for my FPCA or FWAB?

No.

Where can I find information about the candidates and/or other items that will be on my ballot?

Please visit www.myvote.wa.gov.

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for every subsequent Federal election held until the voter is no longer registered to vote in the State. Alternatively, if you have a valid Washington State Driver's License or State identification card, you may complete your voter registration online or download a paper application at www.vote.wa.gov.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that describes you.

Block 2

Not required.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Date of birth.

Your valid Washington Driver's License or State ID Card number OR the last four digits of your Social Security number is required for voter registration. If you do not possess any of these identification numbers, the State shall assign a number that will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your county elections official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

Washington allows you to receive your absentee ballot by mail, email or fax. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your email address or fax number in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, then your county elections official will mail your ballot to you.

Block 7

Complete street address of your Washington voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you live now.

Block 9

In addition to mailing a regular ballot, Washington provides a State Special Write-In Absentee Ballot up to 90 days before the election to any voter unable to vote using the regular absentee voting process. This ballot allows you to vote in Federal, State and local elections. To request it, write in: "I am unable to vote and return a regular absentee ballot by normal mail delivery within the time provided for regular absentee ballots. I request a Special Write-In Absentee Ballot."

Provide any information that may assist the county elections official in accepting this application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

Washington allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax.

If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your county elections department. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

If you choose to email your FPCA, send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to your county elections department. Email addresses can be found at www.vote.wa.gov and under "Contact Info" click "County Elections Departments."

If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to your county elections official. Fax numbers can be found at www.vote.wa.gov and under "Contact Info," click "County Elections Departments." You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your registration/absentee ballot request, contact your county elections department or refer to Washington's voter registration verification website at: www.myvote.wa.gov. Your jurisdiction will contact you regarding the status of your application.

Other ballot request methods

You may request a ballot or change your mailing address by calling, faxing, or emailing your county elections official. Phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses can be found at www.vote.wa.gov.

Voting by citizens who have never lived in the U.S.

A U.S. citizen who was born abroad and who is eligible to vote and who has never lived in the U.S. may register and vote in the county where a parent would be eligible to register and vote.

Voting your ballot

Voted ballots must be received by the county elections department 13 days after primaries and special elections and 20 days after general elections. The oath accompanying your voted ballot must be signed and dated no later than Election Day.

No witness or notary is required on voted ballots.

Washington allows you to return the voted ballot by mail, email or fax. Use the FPCA fax instructions under "How and Where to Submit Your FPCA."

Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

Tracking your ballot

You may track the status of your ballot at www.myvote.wa.gov.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

Washington allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for registering and voting in primary and general elections for Federal, State, local offices and non-candidate ballot issues. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election.

Complete the following blocks of the FWAB's voter declaration/affirmation

Block 1

Washington allows you to use this form for registration.

Block 2

Select the category that describes you.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Date of birth.

Enter your valid Washington Driver's License number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, OR your State voter registration number. If you do not possess any of these identification numbers, the State shall assign a number that will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

Not required.

Block 7

Complete street address of your Washington voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this ballot or application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

Vote your FWAB

To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to www.myvote.wa.gov. For each office for which you vote, write in a candidate's name. Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal it. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope.

How and where to submit your FWAB

Washington allows you to submit the FWAB by mail, email or fax.

If you choose to mail your FWAB, mail the form directly to your county elections department. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

If you choose to email your FWAB, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to your county elections department. Email addresses can be found at www.vote.wa.gov and under "Contact Info," click "County Elections Departments."

If you choose to fax your FWAB, fax the form directly to your county elections official. Fax numbers can be found at www.vote.wa.gov and under "Contact Info," click "County Elections Departments." You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FWAB toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

The FWAB must be received by the county elections department by the ballot return deadline. If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted.

Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your county elections official.

Local election offices for county

If you cannot find information for your jurisdiction, please click on the LEO Search to find contact information.

County Mailing Address
Adams Adams County Auditor
210 W. Broadway Ave, Ste 200
Ritzville, WA 99169-1897
Phone: 509-659-3249 Fax: 509-659-3254
Asotin Asotin County Auditor
PO Box 129
Asotin, WA 99402-0129
Phone: 509-243-2084 Fax: 509-243-2087
Benton Benton County Auditor
PO Box 470
Prosser, WA 99350-0470
Phone: 509-736-3085 Fax: 509-786-5482
Chelan Chelan County Auditor
PO Box 4670
Wenatchee, WA 98807-0400
Phone: 509-667-6808 Fax: 509-667-6818
Clallam Clallam County Auditor
223 E. 4th Street, Suite 1
Port Angeles, WA 98362-3026
Phone: 360-417-2221 Fax: 360-417-2312
Clark Clark County Auditor
PO Box 8815
Vancouver, WA 98666-8815
Phone: 360-397-2345 Fax: 360-397-2394
Columbia Columbia County Auditor
341 E Main Street, Suite 3
Dayton, WA 99328-1361
Phone: 509-382-4541 Fax: 509-382-4830
Cowlitz Cowlitz County Auditor
207 N 4th Ave, Room 107
Kelso, WA 98626-4124
Phone: 360-577-3005 Fax: 360-442-7879
Douglas Douglas County Auditor
PO Box 456
Waterville, WA 98858-0456
Phone: 888-578-7707 Fax: 509-745-8812
Ferry Ferry County Auditor
350 E Delaware Avenue, #2
Republic, WA 99166-9747
Phone: 509-775-5225 x1139 Fax: 509-775-5208
Franklin Franklin County Auditor
PO Box 1451
Pasco, WA 99301-1451
Phone: 509-545-3538 Fax: 509-543-2995
Garfield Garfield County Auditor
PO Box 278
Pomeroy, WA 99347-0278
Phone: 509-843-1411 Fax: 509-843-3941
Grant Grant County Auditor
PO Box 37
Ephrata, WA 98823-0037
Phone: 509-754-2011 Fax: 509-754-6562
Grays Harbor Grays Harbor County Auditor
100 W Broadway, Suite 2
Montesano, WA 98563-3614
Phone: 360-249-4232 Fax: 360-249-3330
Island Island County Auditor
PO Box 1410
Coupeville, WA 98239-1410
Phone: 360-679-7366 Fax: 360-678-2326
Jefferson Jefferson County Auditor
PO Box 563
Port Townsend, WA 98368-0563
Phone: 360-385-9117 Fax: 360-385-9228
King King County Elections Division
919 SW Grady Way
Renton , WA 98507-2906
Phone: 206-296-8683 Fax: 206-296-0108
Kitsap Kitsap County Auditor
619 Division Street
Port Orchard, WA 98366-4678
Phone: 360-337-7128 Fax: 360-337-5769
Kittitas Kittitas County Auditor
205 W 5th Ave, Suite 105
Ellensburg, WA 98926-2891
Phone: 509-962-7503 Fax: 509-962-7687
Klickitat Klickitat County Auditor
205 S. Columbus Ave, Stop 2
Goldendale, WA 98620-9280
Phone: 509-773-4001 Fax: 509-773-4244
Lewis Lewis County Auditor
PO Box 29
Chehalis, WA 98532-0029
Phone: 360-740-1278 Fax: 360-740-1421
Lincoln Lincoln County Auditor
PO Box 28
Davenport, WA 99122-0028
Phone: 509-725-4971 Fax: 509-725-0820
Mason Mason County Auditor
PO Box 400
Shelton, WA 98584-0400
Phone: 360-427-9670 Fax: 360-427-1753
Okanogan Okanogan County Auditor
PO Box 1010
Okanogan, WA 98840-1010
Phone: 509-422-7240 Fax: 509-422-7163
Pacific Pacific County Auditor
PO Box 97
South Bend, WA 98586-0097
Phone: 360-875-9317 Fax: 360-875-9333
Pend Oreille Pend Oreille County Auditor
PO Box 5015
Newport, WA 99156-5015
Phone: 509-447-6472 Fax: 509-447-2475
Pierce Pierce County Auditor
2501 S. 35th Street, Suite C
Tacoma, WA 98409-7484
Phone: 253-798-7430 Fax: 253-798-2761
San Juan San Juan County Auditor
PO Box 638
Friday Harbor, WA 98250-0638
Phone: 360-378-3357 Fax: 360-378-8856
Skagit Skagit County Auditor
PO Box 1306
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273-1306
Phone: 360-336-9305 Fax: 360-336-9429
Skamania Skamania County Auditor
PO Box 790
Stevenson, WA 98648-0790
Phone: 509-427-3730 Fax: 509-427-3740
Snohomish Snohomish County Auditor
3000 Rockefeller Ave. # 505
Everett, WA 98201-4046
Phone: 425-388-3444 Fax: 425-259-2777
Spokane Spokane County Auditor
1033 W Gardner Ave
Spokane, WA 99260-0020
Phone: 509-477-2320 Fax: 509-477-6607
Stevens Stevens County Auditor
215 S Oak St, Rm 106
Colville, WA 99114-2836
Phone: 509-684-7514 Fax: 509-684-7568
Thurston Thurston County Auditor
2000 Lakeridge Drive, SW
Olympia, WA 98502-6090
Phone: 360-786-5408 Fax: 360-786-5223
Wahkiakum Wahkiakum County Auditor
PO Box 543
Cathlamet, WA 98612-0543
Phone: 360-795-3219 Fax: 360-795-0824
Walla Walla Walla Walla County Auditor
Elections Department
Walla Walla, WA 99362-0176
Phone: 509-524-2530 Fax: 509-524-2552
Whatcom Whatcom County Auditor
311 Grand Avenue, Suite 103
Bellingham, WA 98225-4038
Phone: 360-676-6742 Fax: 360-738-4556
Whitman Whitman County Auditor
PO Box 191
Colfax, WA 99111-0191
Phone: 509-397-5284 Fax: 509-397-5281
Yakima Yakima County Auditor
128 N.Second Street, #117
Yakima, WA 98901-2639
Phone: 509-574-1340 Fax: 509-574-1341