Voting underway in 36 counties for the 2024 February Special Election

OLYMPIA — Elections offices in 36 Washington counties have distributed ballots to voters who are eligible to participate in the 2024 February Special Election.

Approximately 45.5% of the state’s 4.8 million registered voters can participate in this election, with 239 local measures to be decided including school bonds and levies, hospital districts, and fire district measures. Every Washington county has at least one jurisdiction participating in the February Special Election except for Asotin, Garfield, and Skamania counties.

Ballots must be returned to a county drop box or voting center by 8 p.m. Feb. 13 or postmarked no later than Feb. 13 if mailed. A postage-paid return envelope is provided with each ballot.

“Voters in this Special Election will have the opportunity to decide issues of critical importance to communities in nearly every county of our state,” Secretary of State Steve Hobbs said. “My office and our county elections partners work year-round to ensure this process is accessible, secure, and trustworthy. Millions of Washington voters can now make their voices heard and help shape our future.”

Voters who have not yet registered can still participate in the Feb. 13 Special Election. Online registration via or registration forms submitted by mail must be received by Feb. 5. The newly redesigned portal also allows voters the opportunity to register a cell phone number for text alerts to track when their ballot is received and processed. In-person registration at county elections offices is also available until voting closes at 8 p.m. Feb. 13. Any voter eligible for this election who has not yet received a ballot should contact their county’s elections office.

Washington’s Office of the Secretary of State oversees a number of areas within state government, including managing state elections, registering corporations and charities, and governing the use of the state flag and state seal. The office also manages the State Archives and the State Library, documents extraordinary stories in Washington’s history through Legacy Washington, oversees the Combined Fund Drive for charitable giving by state employees, and administers the state’s Address Confidentiality Program to help protect survivors of crime.