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Wildfires and voting

If you've been displaced by wildfires, you can still vote away from home.

Background

  • Ballots for the 2020 November General Election in Washington state will be mailed by county election offices no later than Oct. 16. A voter who does not have their ballot by the following week should contact their county elections office for assistance.
  • At the time of registration, voters provide their residential (physical) address. Voters can also provide a mailing address where they can receive mailed ballot materials. The mailing address may differ from their residential address.
  • A voter may make changes to their registration record up to eight days prior to Election Day by visiting VoteWA.gov or contacting their county elections office. Changes may include updating residential and mailing addresses, last name (have you been married or divorced since the last time you voted?), providing additional contact information, and more.
  • At VoteWA.gov, voters can also access an online voter’s guide, update their registration information, track their ballot, and download and print a replacement ballot.

Have you been displaced?

  • Voters facing possible displacement due to a wildfire should consider making a voting plan today.
  • Now through Oct. 26, voters can log in to VoteWA.gov and update their mailing address if they plan on obtaining their mail at a different location due to a wildfire in their area.
    • Voters are encouraged to make updates to their voter registration as soon as possible to ensure their ballot is delivered to the correct location on the first try. Ballots will be mailed no later than Oct. 16.
  • Beginning Oct. 16 through Election Day, a voter may also log in to VoteWA.gov to download and print a replacement ballot, and return it according to the instructions specified.
    • By-mail, drop box, and in-person return options are available.
    • Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day in order to be counted.
  • After Oct. 26, a voter may visit any county elections office or voting center during business hours and through 8 p.m. Election Day to register to vote and receive a ballot, or receive a replacement ballot if they’re already registered.

Your local county elections office

  • Each county elections office has a contingency plan in place to ensure election operations can continue and any issues caused by a natural disaster can be mitigated.