Wyman: Registered voters don't need to request mail-in ballot
September 17, 2020
Washington state voters may received a postcard from the U.S. Postal Service encouraging voters to “plan ahead” for the Nov. 3 General Election. Among the recommendations is to request a mail-in or absentee ballot at least 15 days before Election Day.
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman has issued a statement pointing out that the state's registered voters don't need to request a mail in ballot.
“Voters in Washington do not need to request a ballot, as ballots are automatically mailed to all registered voters at least 18 days prior to Election Day," Wyman said in the statement. "There is no need to sign up or request to receive a mail-in ballot to vote in the upcoming election.
"Voters who are unsure if they are registered or if their address on file is current can log in to VoteWA.gov to confirm their registration information.
“The Office of the Secretary of State and county election officials were not made aware this mailer would be sent to Washington residents, nor were we apprised of its content. By the time we learned of the mailer and reached out to the postal service to inquire further, the mailers were already in the mail stream.”
Secretary Wyman recommends Washingtonians visit https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections for more information about election dates and deadlines, and how to locate a county elections office if they have any questions or concerns.
Elections officers expect to mail ballots on Oct. 16. The 2020 General Election is Nov. 3.