March 12, 2024 Presidential Primary

Ballots will be mailed February 23rd. Please expect them to arrive in your mailbox no later than February 29th.

Starting March 5th, only in-person registrations are allowed to register and receive a ballot for the March 12th Presidential Primary.


Why do you need to mark a political party box?

For this primary only, the major political parties require voters to choose a party. Your choice of party will not affect how you may vote in future elections. You must mark the political party declaration (box) on your envelope and sign for your vote to count per RCW 29A.56.050. 

Each major party wrote its declaration and provided wording to the Secretary of State’s Office for ballot materials. Attempts to change the party declaration could result in your ballot not being counted.


News Release - March Presidential Primary logic and accuracy tests scheduled for Feb. 29, 2024 - Sent on 2-22-2024

News Release - March 12 Presidential Primary voter registration deadlines - Sent on 2-21-2024

Key Dates

Military/overseas ballots mailedJanuary 26
Ballots mailedFebruary 23
Deadline to register or update your existing registration onlineMarch 4
Deadline to register or update your existing registration (in person)March 12
Election DayMarch 12
Deadline to return a ballot through the mailPostmarked by March 12
Deadline to return a ballot through a drop boxDeposited by 8 pm March 12
Preliminary results releasedBy 8:30 pm March 12
Election certification (official results released)March 22