2020 Presidential Primary

The Presidential Primary will be held on March 10, 2020.

Ballots will be mailed to voters by February 21, 2020. If you don't receive your ballot by February 28, 2020, please contact the Elections Office in order to receive a replacement.

You now have the option to check your ballot status after it has been sent! VoteWa allows you to view the status of your ballot, request a replacement,  and see when we've received your ballot. Just select 'Ballot Status' under the tab 'My Ballot'.

Ballot return envelopes now include a prepaid postage, so there's no need to worry about a stamp. You can return your ballot through the mail, through a ballot drop box, or by dropping it off at the Cowlitz County Elections Office. It's that easy!

Ballots must be postmarked by March 10, 2020 or returned to one of the ballot drop boxes by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. It's important that these deadlines are kept so that your vote is able to be counted.

Drop boxes will be open to receive ballots until 8:00 p.m., after which they will be closed and no new ballots will be accepted. You can view our Ballot Drop Boxes here.

We recommend dropping your ballot in one of your convenient drop box locations. If you choose to mail your ballot instead, we recommend no later than the Friday prior to the election. Don't be late! Mail early so that your ballot is postmarked by Election Day.

How do I vote in a Presidential Primary?

Presidential Primaries are different from other forms of voting in Washington State. You will declare a party affiliation on the back of your ballot envelope beside where you sign, and you are only eligible to vote for the party member corresponding with the party you selected on the envelope.

After confirmation that the party declared is the same as the party voted on on the ballot, envelopes are separated from their ballots during the Opening Board process. Your vote remains secret and safe. No party affiliation is tied to your voter record.

Presidential Primary FAQ