Reminder: Register to Vote in Washington
To register to vote in Washington you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be 18 years old by the day of the next election
- Be a resident of Washington State
- Not be disqualified from voting due to a court order
- Not be under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction
Three ways to register
- Online if you have a Washington State ID or Driver’s License
- In Person at your local Elections Office—check this link for hours and locations.
- By Mail with a voter registration form available by mail or download from the Office of the Secretary of State, or you may find them at the following locations:
- Library branches
- Public schools
- City and town halls
- Auto licensing subagencies
- Driver licensing offices – register to vote when you apply for your driver license
You must provide all of the following information when you register to vote:
- Legal name
- Date of birth
- Residential address in Washington
- Mailing address, if not the same as residential address
- Washington driver license number, ID card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number
Military and overseas voters
As a military or overseas voter, you have several options for registering to vote, receiving your ballot and returning it. Click here for more information.
Registration deadlines during an election
If you are currently registered to vote in Washington state, you may register to vote online, in person, or by mail up to 8 days before Election Day. If you miss the 8-day cutoff, you must come in person to local elections office to register. You have until 8 pm on election night to register to vote or update your address for the current election.
If you are not currently registered to vote in Washington state: You may register to vote online, in, or by mail up to 8 days before Election Day. If you miss the 8-day cutoff, you may register to vote up to 8 pm on Election Day as long as you fill out and submit your registration form in person at your local County Elections Office.
Restoration of civil rights to convicted felons
If you were convicted of a felony in a Washington State Superior Court, your right to vote will be restored as long as you are not incarcerated or under Department of Corrections supervision. If you have any questions, call the Department of Corrections at 1-800-430-9674.
If you owe fines, restitution or other court costs for a felony conviction, and you fail to make three payments in a 12-month period, the sentencing court can revoke your right to vote for willfully failing to pay. The sentencing court can restore your right to vote once you make a good faith effort to pay.
If you were convicted in another state or in federal court, your right to vote is restored as long as you are not incarcerated for that felony.
Once your right to vote is restored, you must register in order to vote.
Additional information on this subject can be found by clicking the links below:
Felons and voting rights ACLU
To find out more about voting or to look at your voter registration card, or go to MyVote.