Vote by Mail

Washington State votes by mail. Vote by mail is convenient and gives you extra time to learn about the ballot measures and candidates before casting your vote.

1. Receive your ballot

Your ballot is mailed to you at least 18 days before each election. To receive your ballot, your voter registration mailing address must be current. You can update your address online with MyVote. If you do not receive your ballot, contact our office at elections@co.chelna.wa.us or call 509-667-6808.

If you are going to be away during an election, contact our office. You can vote in Washington State, even if you're away from home during an election. Please look at the following situations and identify your options:

  • Seasonal resident. If you are a seasonal resident, update your seasonal mailing address with our office. Provide us with the first and last days you'll receive mail at this address and we'll send your ballot to that address each year between the dates you specify.

    Out of town and can't receive mail. We can send you an electronic ballot. You'll only need access to the internet and a printer to print your ballot and return it to our office.

  • Leaving town and can't receive your ballot by mail or email. If you know you'll be out of town and can't receive mail or email 90 days before an election, contact us and we can issue a special absentee ballot to you.

2. Vote your ballot

Your ballot packet will include a ballot, a secrecy envelope, and a return envelope. Follow the instructions that accompany your ballot. If you need a replacement ballot, contact your county elections department.

Be an informed voter
Washington has many ways to help voters become informed about ballot measures and candidates:

  • The state General Election Voters’ Pamphlet is mailed to every household in Washington. If you need the General Election Voters’ Pamphlet in accessible formats or alternate languages, call (800) 448-4881 or email  voterspamphlet@sos.wa.gov.
  • For personalized ballot measure and candidate information online, go to  MyVote.
  • For all ballot measures and candidates, visit the  Online Voters’ Guide.
  • For local races, visit the website for your county elections department.

Other sources of information about candidates and issues include local newspapers, television, libraries, political parties, and campaigns.

3. Return your ballot

Your ballot must be:

  • Postmarked no later than Election Day; or
  • Returned to a designated ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day; or
  • Returned in person to your county elections department by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

If you fail to sign the ballot declaration, or the signature on the ballot declaration does not match the signature in your voter registration record, your county elections department will contact you. If you are unable to sign the declaration, make a mark in front of two witnesses and have them sign in the designated spaces.

Find out more about the next steps of ballot processing and secrecy.