Same Day Registration
In 2018, Washington passed SSB 6021, which gives voters more time to register to vote or update their address before any Primary, Special, or General Election. This came into effect on June 20, 2019 and is known as Same Day Registration because voters can register or update their address in-person up to and including on Election Day and receive a ballot that same day.
Previously, to be eligible to vote in an election, new registrations had to be completed in-person eight days prior to the election. New registrations submitted by mail or online had to be received by election officials twenty-nine days prior to the election. Updates to existing registration information also had to be received twenty-nine days before the election.
Now, eligible voters have up until 8:00 PM on an election day to register to vote, or update registration information, in-person at a voting center or county elections department. The deadline for registrations or updates by mail or online has been moved from twenty-nine days to eight days prior to an election.
For more information, see RCW 29A.08.140.
|Transferred after 28th day and before 8th day before election||Transferred in-person after 8th day before election and received an updated ballot||In-person transfers who voted||Registered after 28th day and before 8th day before election||Registered in-person after 8th day before election and received a ballot||In-person registrants who voted|
|2020 Presidential Primary||57,367||5,667||3,863||40,616||4,025||3,889|