The most important thing any of us can do in the 2020 general election is to vote.
If you haven’t registered to vote yet, and you can register to vote (you’re a US citizen), there’s still time to register in person on Election Day. Same-day voter registration is possible in person during business hours and any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, November 3); for more information check your County Auditor website.
When you finish completing your ballot, make sure to drop it off at a dropbox. Visit votewa.gov, insert your information, and click the “Voting Centers” tab to find a official drop box near you.
The second most important thing is to make sure that everyone’s vote gets counted.
To track your own ballot in Washington State, go to https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx. You’ll be able to see when your ballot was mailed to you, when the elections office received your filled-out ballot, and whether it was accepted.
While not common, ballots can be rejected. The most common reason is a mismatch between the official signature the Elections Office has for you (it may be the signature on your driver’s license) and the signature on your ballot envelope. If your ballot gets challenged, don’t panic. You’ll be notified by the County Elections Office, and you should be able to “cure” your ballot so that it is counted. Based on conversations with election officials, it’s more likely that an individual with a less-common, non-Anglo name will get rejected for a mis-matching signature.