Registering to vote
How do I register?
You can register to vote in a few different ways. You can register
- by on-line at the Secretary of States website.
- by picking up a voter registration form at most Post Offices or county court house,
- by requesting or printing our a form at http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/register_mail.aspx
The Deadline for Registration
For the 2012 fall general election, the deadline for mail-in registration and online registration is Monday, Monday, October 8, 2012.
First time voters in Washington State: If you are a first time Washington State Voter, you may register late in person at your county courthouse (either the Auditor’s Office or the Elections Division) for a few days after that deadline. This year that late deadline is October 29th, 2012.
Who can register?
You can if you are:
• A citizen of the United States;
• A legal resident of Washington State;
• At least 18 years old by Election Day;
• Not under the authority of the Department of Corrections; and
• Not disqualified from voting due to a court order.
A person convicted of a felony can register to vote in Washington once are out of jail or prison and off of community custody. Sometimes they can do so sooner if their court of conviction was federal or another state. See below for more information.
In a nut shell, that is who can and cannot vote. However, there are a few unusual situations that pertain to people who are a ward of the court, etc. For those other situation, visit here.
While doing our own voter registration work, here are some of the conversations we have.