Washington

www.sos.wa.gov/elections/

Click to Download PDF VAGDownload PDF

Federal Election Deadlines

Presidential Primary May 24, 2016 State Primary August 2, 2016 General Election November 8, 2016
Registration Received by 8 PM, May 24, 2016 Received by 8 PM, August 2, 2016 Received by 8 PM, November 8, 2016
Ballot Request Received by 8 PM, May 24, 2016 Received by 8 PM, August 2, 2016 Received by 8 PM, November 8, 2016
Ballot Return Return by Email or Fax: Received by 8 PM, May 24, 2016 Return by Mail: Signed by* 8 PM, May 24, 2016 Return by Email or Fax: Received by 8 PM, August 2, 2016 Return by Mail: Signed by* 8 PM, August 2, 2016 Return by Email or Fax: Received by 8 PM, November 8, 2016 Return by Mail: Signed by** 8 PM, November 8, 2016

*Ballot Return: Ballots must be received by the 13th day after primary elections

**Ballot Return: Ballots must be received by the 20th day after the general election.

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

What is UOCAVA?

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. The law provides the legal basis for absentee voting requirements for federal offices.

What is the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)?

The FPCA (federal form SF 76) allows UOCAVA citizens to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. This form is also used to update your contact information.

What is the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

The FWAB (federal form SF 186) serves as an emergency backup ballot for UOCAVA citizens. If you do not receive your absentee ballot from your State in time to return it to your election official to participate in the election, use the FWAB.

What is the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS)* ?

The DoD ETS allows you to email or fax your election materials toll-free. To email your election materials using ETS, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or online at FVAP.gov and email to ETS@FVAP.gov. To fax your election materials using ETS, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or online 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 in the Appendix of the Voting Assistance Guide or online at FVAP.gov.

* DISCLAIMER: The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides an Electronic Transmission Service to assist you with transmitting your election materials. FVAP does not guarantee the acceptance or processing of your materials by your election official. As a user of this service, we encourage you to contact your election official directly to verify whether your information was received timely.

What is the Prepaid Mail Label 11- DoD?

Overseas Uniformed Service members can use this label for general election absentee ballots. It provides free express mail service to your election official for general election absentee ballots. You can request to have a Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to your absentee ballot at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). A portion of the label is kept by you for tracking your absentee ballot through the U.S. postal service.

What is a primary election?

A primary election is an election held before the general election to determine the candidates that can be placed on the general election ballot.

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

A U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S. and has a parent or legal guardian that was last domiciled in Washington is eligible to vote in Washington.

I am a National Guardsman activated on State orders; does my State afford me UOCAVA privileges?

No.

Does my State have any online tools?

You can see if your State has any online tools available here:
http://www.fvap.gov/washington

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

Under federal law, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for a minimum of all federal elections in the current calendar year. Be sure to complete a new FPCA each year and every time your address changes.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that best describes you.

Block 2

Not required.

Block 3

Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.

Block 4

Your date of birth is required.

Block 5

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Block 6

You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Rank your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.

Block 7

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Block 9 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use Block 9 to provide this information.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

You can submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FPCA: Once your FPCA is complete, mail your FPCA directly to your election official.

E-Mail your FPCA: Scan the signed FPCA into your computer. Be sure to also include the Electronic Transmission Sheet. Email this package directly to your election official. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS)* to email your FPCA. Information about ETS can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Fax your FPCA: Fax your FPCA directly to your election official. Be sure to also include the Electronic Transmission Sheet. You may use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS)* to fax your FPCA toll-free. Instructions for ETS are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your FPCA, contact your election official. Your election official will contact you if your FPCA is not accepted.

* DISCLAIMER: The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides an Electronic Transmission Service to assist you with transmitting your election materials. FVAP does not guarantee the acceptance or processing of your materials by your election official. As a user of this service, we encourage you to contact your election official directly to verify whether your information was received timely.

Voting your ballot

Once you receive your absentee ballot from your State it must be returned according to the deadlines and requirements in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart. For special federal elections, visit FVAP.gov for specific deadlines.

You can submit the State absentee ballot by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section. You may use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS)* to email or fax your ballot. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section.

* DISCLAIMER: The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides an Electronic Transmission Service to assist you with transmitting your election materials. FVAP does not guarantee the acceptance or processing of your materials by your election official. As a user of this service, we encourage you to contact your election official directly to verify whether your information was received timely.

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

The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.

You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

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

Block 1

Check this box if you would like to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot.

Block 2

Select the category that best describes you.

Block 3

Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.

Block 4

Your date of birth is required.

Block 5

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you to accept your FWAB.

Block 6

Not required.

Block 7

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Block 9 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use Block 9 for this information.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots, as well as the method in which you would like to receive your ballot.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Vote your FWAB

To vote, write in either a candidate's name or political party for each office. You are not required to make a selection for each and every contest.

How and where to submit your FWAB

You can submit the FWAB by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal the envelope. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/ Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your election official. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Email your FWAB: Scan the signed Voter's Declaration/Affirmation and the FWAB into your computer. Be sure to also include the Electronic Transmission Sheet with secrecy waiver. Email this ballot package directly to your election official. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS)* to email your FWAB. Information about ETS can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Fax your FWAB: Fax your FWAB directly to your election official. Be sure to include your ballot, signed Voter Declaration/Affirmation and cover sheet with secrecy waiver. You may use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS)* to fax your FWAB toll-free. Instructions for ETS are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

See the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart for the deadline for submitting the FWAB. If you receive the State absentee ballot after transmitting your voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State absentee ballot. If both are received by the deadline, only the State absentee ballot will be counted.

* DISCLAIMER: The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides an Electronic Transmission Service to assist you with transmitting your election materials. FVAP does not guarantee the acceptance or processing of your materials by your election official. As a user of this service, we encourage you to contact your election official directly to verify whether your information was received timely.

Local election offices for county

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
P.O. Box 129
Asotin, WA 99402-0129
Phone: (509) 243-2084
Fax: (509) 243-2087
Benton Benton County Auditor
P.O. Box 470
Prosser, WA 99350-0470
Phone: (509) 736-3085
Fax: (509) 786-5482
Chelan Chelan County Auditor
P.O. Box 4670
Wenatchee, WA 98807-0400
Phone: (509) 667-6808
Fax: (509) 667-6818
Clallam Clallam County Auditor
223 E. 4th St, Ste 1
Port Angeles, WA 98362-3026
Phone: (360) 417-2221
Fax: (360) 417-2312
Clark Clark County Auditor
P.O. Box 8815
Vancouver, WA 98666-8815
Phone: (360) 397-2345
Fax: (360) 397-2394
Columbia Columbia County Auditor
341 E Main St, Ste 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
P.O. Box 456
Waterville, WA 98858-0456
Phone: (888) 578-7707
Fax: (509) 745-8812
Ferry Ferry County Auditor
350 E Delaware Ave, #2
Republic, WA 99166-9747
Phone: (509) 775-5225 x2500
Fax: (509) 775-5208
Franklin Franklin County Auditor
P.O. Box 1451
Pasco, WA 99301-1451
Phone: (509) 545-3538
Fax: (509) 543-2995
Garfield Garfield County Auditor
P.O. Box 278
Pomeroy, WA 99347-0278
Phone: (509) 843-1411
Fax: (509) 843-3941
Grant Grant County Auditor
P.O. Box 37
Ephrata, WA 98823-0037
Phone: (509) 754-2011
Fax: (509) 754-6562
Grays Harbor Grays Harbor County Auditor
100 W Broadway, Ste 2
Montesano, WA 98563-3614
Phone: (360) 249-4232
Fax: (360) 249-3330
Island Island County Auditor
P.O. Box 1410
Coupeville, WA 98239-1410
Phone: (360) 679-7366
Fax: (360) 678-2326
Jefferson Jefferson County Auditor
P.O. 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 St
Port Orchard, WA 98366-4678
Phone: (360) 337-7128
Fax: (360) 337-5769
Kittitas Kittitas County Auditor
205 W 5th Ave, Ste 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
P.O. Box 29
Chehalis, WA 98532-0029
Phone: (360) 740-1278
Fax: (360) 740-1421
Lincoln Lincoln County Auditor
P.O. Box 28
Davenport, WA 99122-0028
Phone: (509) 725-4971
Fax: (509) 725-0820
Mason Mason County Auditor
P.O. Box 400
Shelton, WA 98584-0400
Phone: (360) 427-9670 x469
Fax: (360) 427-1753
Okanogan Okanogan County Auditor
P.O. Box 1010
Okanogan, WA 98840-1010
Phone: (509) 422-7240
Fax: (509) 422-7163
Pacific Pacific County Auditor
P.O. Box 97
South Bend, WA 98586-0097
Phone: (360) 875-9313
Fax: (360) 875-9333
Pend Oreille Pend Oreille County Auditor
P.O. Box 5015
Newport, WA 99156-5015
Phone: (509) 447-6472
Fax: (509) 447-2475
Pierce Pierce County Auditor
2501 S 35th St, Ste C
Tacoma, WA 98409-7484
Phone: (253) 798-7430
Fax: (253) 798-2761
San Juan San Juan County Auditor
P.O. Box 638
Friday Harbor, WA 98250-0638
Phone: (360) 378-3357
Fax: (360) 378-8856
Skagit Skagit County Auditor
P.O. Box 1306
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273-1306
Phone: (360) 336-9305
Fax: (360) 336-9429
Skamania Skamania County Auditor
P.O. 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
P.O. Box 543
Cathlamet, WA 98612-0543
Phone: (360) 795-3219
Fax: (360) 795-0824
Walla Walla Walla Walla County Auditor
P.O. Box 2176
Walla Walla, WA 99362-0176
Phone: (509) 524-2530
Fax: (509) 524-2552
Whatcom Whatcom County Auditor
P.O. Box 369
Bellingham, WA 98227-0369
Phone: (360) 676-6742
Fax: (360) 738-4556
Whitman Whitman County Auditor
P.O. Box 191
Colfax, WA 99111-0191
Phone: (509) 397-5284
Fax: (509) 397-5281
Yakima Yakima County Auditor
P.O. Box 12570
Yakima, WA 98909-2570
Phone: (509) 574-1340
Fax: (509) 574-1341