Washington voters should have received their general election ballots in the mail by now, complete with prepaid postage. According to Secretary of State Kim Wyman, mailing of ballots began late last week.
“Every eligible Washingtonian deserves the opportunity to have their voice heard,” Wyman said. “In this election, we’re taking unprecedented steps to keep the system secure while providing access to eligible citizens in every county of the state. Government functions best when the entire public is informed and participating, and the time to take part is now.”
Any registered voter that has not received a ballot by Oct. 26 should contact their county elections official and request a replacement.
While the online voter registration deadline has passed, eligible voters can still register to vote in person until Oct. 29.
Voters are encouraged to put their ballots in the mail by Friday, Nov. 2, to make sure they are postmarked in time.
“Because voting by mail is so convenient, there is a temptation to put it off until the last minute yet a late postmark will disqualify a ballot,” Wyman said. “Fortunately, there’s a very simple solution — get your ballot in early to make sure your voice is heard.”
Ballots can be returned to a drop box until 8 p.m. on Nov. 6.
For those who aren’t old enough to vote, Wyman’s office is hosting an annual Student Mock Election, where young people can vote on real measures and candidates and learn about the election process.