Washington Voter Guide 2023: What's on the ballot, drop box locations

Washington state's 2023 Primary Election takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 1, and features races for state judicial offices and a variety of local offices or measures.

To find out exactly what's on your ballot and get a customized voter guide, go to VoteWA.gov.

Below you will find important information on voting in Washington state, including how to register to vote, the vote by mail process, and key dates you need to know:

Key dates you need to know

Aug. 1: Primary Election Day

  • Register or update voter info in person by 8 p.m.
  • Mailed ballot must be postmarked by Aug. 1
  • Official drop boxes are open until 8 p.m.

Nov. 7: General Election Day

How do I register to vote?

The Secretary of State allows you to register to vote online here. If you don't have a Washington state driver's license or ID card, you'll have to register in person or by mail. 

If you need to check your voter registration information, you can click here and verify your personal information, including your address.

New this year: A voter who turns 18 between the August Primary and the November General Election can vote in the Primary. 

What's on my ballot?

You can check what is on your ballot for your specific area and learn more by verifying your voter registration on the state's website here. That will offer a localized ballot preview of all the races in your area. 

In the 2023 Primary, 36 of 39 counties are holding elections. There are 254 local races, including 22 mayor positions, and 74 measures, including 51 for fire districts. There are 845 candidates for a variety of positions.

How do I learn more about candidates and offices?

A voters' pamphlet will be mailed to each household with a registered voter. You can also get more information from the Secretary of State here.

You can also see who is running on a federal level, state level and for Legislature here.

Where do I vote? 

Your ballot materials are mailed to the address where you're registered to vote. Be sure to sign your return envelope. Then drop your ballot at an official drop box or return by mail. No stamp is needed. 

You can view a list of drop box locations here. The list will continue to be updated through election day. 

This map includes statewide locations of ballot drop boxes and voting centers for the current election. View all available locations, or drill down by selecting a specific county and location type.

For more details on your county locations contact your local elections office, or for a personalized list sign in to VoteWA.gov.

Drop Box and Voting Center Locations - Elections & Voting - WA Secretary of State  

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