Common questions answered ahead of 2022 Washington state general election

Was your ballot damaged or lost? Here’s what you need to know to replace it.

SEATTLE – KING 5 collected voter questions ahead of the 2022 Washington state general election on Nov.

After consulting with election officials, we’ll compile answers to the most frequently asked questions before election day.

How to replace your ballot

If the ballot is damaged or never arrives, the voter has several options.

The first is the ability to print a new ballot from

According to Kendall Hodson, King County elections chief, voters can fill out a newly printed ballot as usual and mail it or drop it in a ballot box.

Voters can also visit their local auditor’s office and receive a replacement ballot.

Pierce County elections manager Kyle Haugh says it’s possible to mail a new ballot, but only if there’s enough time for it to arrive before election day.

Each ballot has an identification code. Substituted ballots will be invalidated.

How does the elections office verify that my ballot has been validated for me?

Signatures on ballots are checked by county employees trained by the Office of the Secretary of State.

Signature checkers are ensuring that what is signed on the ballot return envelope matches what is on file – be it from the Department of Licensing or a voter registration form. They also make sure someone doesn’t forget to sign the ballot.

Voters can resolve signature issues up to the day before certification. In the case of this general election, as of 4:30 p.m. on Nov.

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How long does it take for my ballot to be processed?

It will take about a day or two for a ballot to be processed.

According to Hodson, it was first scanned upon receipt. The system then announced that no more ballots would be allowed from that voter.

A ballot received will then undergo signature verification.

Finally, the ballot is opened and an election officer ensures that it will be read properly by their machine. Ballots are scanned and results are stored until election night.

Results are counted on election night.

Do I need a permanent address to receive a ballot?

Although Washington state relies on a vote-by-mail system, voters do not need a traditional mailbox or a permanent address to receive their ballot.

State law passed in 2005 allows voters to use a common location as their address – such as a friend’s house, residence, post office or voter registration offices.

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Will my vote count?

There are simple ways to check the status of your ballot.

Voters can track them online, by visiting or their county elections website. Enter some basic information and you’ll be told where your ballot is in the process.

In King County, a new program provides ballot notices. Voters can now receive a text message or email letting them know the status of their ballot.

When are election officials required to consider tampering with ballot delivery?

Elections officials said they meet with members of the U.S. Postal Service every morning to report and resolve any issues.

Pierce County Elections Director Kyle Haugh said there is a team dedicated to elections working through the issue to determine why voters were not receiving their ballots. Common questions answered ahead of 2022 Washington state general election

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