How to Register to vote in Washington
This article describes How to Register to Vote in Washington . Washington offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Washington by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.
Register to vote in Washington In-person voter registration
- You can also register to vote in person. The deadline to register to vote in person is Monday, October 29. Contact your local election officefor information on when and where to register to vote.
- Learn more by visiting the Secretary of State for Washingtonor contacting your local election official.
Who can vote
- To register in Washington you must be a citizen of the United States
- And, be a legal resident of Washington State, your county and your precinct for 30 days immediately preceding the election in which you want to vote
- Be at least 18 years old by election day
- Moreover, not be convicted of infamous crime, unless restored to civil rights
Register to vote in Washington Online voter registration
- Washington offers online voter registration.
- You should know: you need a Washington ID to use Washington’s online voter registration system. If you don’t have a Washington-issued ID, you can still register to vote by mail.
- You can register online until Monday, October 8.
Register to vote in Washington By-mail voter registration
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 – ID Number: You must provide your driver’s license number. If you do not have a Washington driver’s license, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. Failure to provide this information may prevent your registration from being processed.
- Box 7 – Choice of Party: Washington does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
- Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
- Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 8.
Military and overseas voters Register to vote in Washington
Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Washington.
Check your voter registration status
You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Washington’s voter registration lookup tool.
Dates and deadlines
- Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
- The deadline to register online is Monday, October 8. By mail is Monday, October 8. And, in person is Monday, October 29.
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