Beginning July 1st, a number of new election laws will take effect:
Earlier Presidential Primary
- Washington state’s Presidential Primary will now take place on March 10th, 2020 — more than two months earlier than in previous years. This means your vote will have a greater impact in selecting the final presidential candidates, and you’ll be more likely to hear directly from candidates about Washington state issues.
Pre-paid ballot-return envelopes
- You won't need a stamp when you vote, now that every ballot in every election will come with a pre-paid ballot-return envelope. With pre-paid postage, every mailbox is a drop box — so simply drop your ballot-return envelope into the mail before Election Day.
Automatic voter registration
- Washington residents applying for an enhanced driver’s license or enhanced ID card with the Department of Licensing, will be automatically registered to vote. The same is true for applicants to Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange. If the applicant doesn’t want to be registered, he or she can always opt-out at the counter.
Be a #FutureVoter
- 16- and 17-year-old Washington state residents can now enroll in the Future Voter program to automatically become a registered voter after their 18th birthday. If a person turns 18 on or before August 6th, they can vote in the 2019 Primary. If a person turns 18 on or before November 5th, they can vote in this year’s General Election.
- You have until eight days before an election to register online or by mail, but if you miss the deadline you can still visit your county elections office in person before 8 p.m. on August 6th to vote in the Primary, and before 8 p.m. on November 5th to vote in the General Election.