Voting in the upcoming election? Here are the deadlines you need to know

SPOKANE, Wash. — The 2020 general election is quickly approaching and if you are planning to vote, it is important that you know your deadlines.

This year’s election is on Tuesday, November 3. That date is the same for every voter, in every state.

But, other deadlines — like the deadline to register or request an absentee ballot — can vary. Below you will find important deadlines for voters in both Washington and Idaho.


The deadline to register online is October 26, or you can register in-person at the County Elections Office up until 8 p.m. on November 3, Election Day. You must be a United States citizen with a current Washington state drivers license.

All ballots must be deposited in an elections drop box or postmarked by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

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You can check your voter status on the VoteWA website by providing your first name, last name and date of birth.


The deadline to register to vote is October 9, both online and in-person. You can register online here, but must be a United States citizen with a current Idaho drivers license.

October 19 is the start of early in-person voting for counties that choose to do so. Early voting ends on October 30 at 5 p.m.

If you would like to request an absentee ballot, you must do so by October 23. Absentee ballots are due to your county clerk’s office on Election Day, November 3 by 8 p.m.

If you plan to vote in person, you will do so on Election Day, November 3. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can find the polling location closest to you by visiting the Secretary of State’s website.

You can check your voter status here, by providing your first name, last name and date of birth.

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