It is one of your most important rights as a U.S. citizen to voice your opinion through the election process. I encourage everyone to register to vote and exercise that right at each election.

The following information is from the Washington Secretary of State's website.

Registration Deadlines

The deadline for registering or transferring your voter registration is 30 days before an election. If you register by mail, your application must be postmarked by the 30-day cutoff or it will not become effective until after the election.

If you are not already registered to vote in Washington and you miss the 30-day deadline, you can register in person at your county elections department until 15 days before the election. Contact your County Auditor for assistance and information.

Registration Requirements

You must complete a voter registration form if you are registering for the first time in Washington or if you have moved to a new county. If you have moved within the same county, you may transfer your registration by completing a new form or contacting your County Auditor by mail, email, or phone. There is no registration by political party in Washington state.

To register to vote in the state of Washington, you must be:
  • A citizen of the United States
  • A legal resident of Washington State
  • At least 18 years old by election day
You may not register to vote if you are:
  • Presently denied your civil rights due to a felony conviction.
  • Judicially declared mentally incompetent and ineligible to vote.

If you meet the above criteria you can register by completing and mailing in a voter registration form.

For more information about Voter Registration Rights and Responsibilities.

ID Necessary to Register

If you register by mail and do not have a Washington State driver's license, Washington State ID card, or a Social Security number, you will be required to provide one of the following items when you cast your ballot.

  • Valid photo ID
  • Valid tribal ID of a federally recognized Indian tribe in Washington State
  • Copy of a current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Copy of a current government check
  • Copy of a current paycheck
  • A government document that shows both your name and address

If you do not provide one of the above items either before or at the time of voting, your ballot will not be counted.

You can register to vote online at the Washington Secretary of State's website, or download the applicable forms.


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