Vote by Mail
Washington is a universal Vote by Mail state, which means that registered voters in Mason County receive their ballots in the mail for all elections in which their precinct has a candidate or measure on the ballot. If you are registered to vote there is no need to request a ballot to Vote by Mail.
Universal Vote by Mail also means there are no neighborhood polling places. Voters needing extra assistance with voter registration or voting can contact the Elections Department or visit the Vote Center
Receive Your Ballot
Your ballot is mailed to you at least 18 days before each election. To receive your ballot, your voter registration mailing address must be current. If you are a registered voter and do not receive your ballot you can request a replacement ballot.
Vote Your ballot
Your ballot packet includes a ballot, a secrecy envelope, and a return envelope. Follow the instructions that accompany your ballot and be sure to read and sign the oath on the return envelope.
Return Your Ballot
Your ballot must be:
- Postmarked no later than Election Day; OR
- Returned to a designated ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day; OR
- Returned in-person to the Vote Center by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
If you fail to sign the ballot declaration or the signature on the ballot declaration does not match the signature in your voter registration record, the Elections Department will contact you. If you are unable to sign the declaration, make a mark in front of two witnesses and have them sign in the designated spaces.
How to be an Informed Voter
Washington has many ways to help voters become informed about ballot measures and candidates:
- For General Elections held in November, the state General Election Voters’ Pamphlet is mailed to every household in Washington. If you need the General Election Voters’ Pamphlet in accessible formats or alternate languages, call (800) 448-4881 or email email@example.com.
- For personalized ballot measure and candidate information online, registered voters can sign into the online Voter Portal. Once signed into your registration record, go to the menu section entitled Voters’ Guide.
- For local races, you can also visit our What’s On the Ballot? page, which is updated before every election.
More Vote by Mail Information
The Secretary of State’s website provides more information on its Vote by Mail FAQ page.