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Can I register to vote in Washington?

To register to vote in the state of Washington, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A legal resident of Washington state for at least 30 days prior to election day
  • At least 18 years old by election day
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction

Information for felons

If you were convicted of a felony in a Washington State court, your right to vote is automatically restored when you are no longer under the authority of the Department of Corrections. This right can be revoked again by the Superior Court if you fail to repay financial obligations in a timely manner.

If you have questions about whether or not you are eligible, contact the Department of Corrections at (800) 430-9674.

If you were convicted of a felony in another state or federal court, your right to vote is restored as long as you are not currently incarcerated for that felony.

Once your right to vote has been restored, you must re-register to vote , which can be done online, by mail or in person.

For more information on felony voting rights in Washington, visit the Secretary of State’s website .

Information for voters without a residence address

If you are homeless or don't have a traditional residential address, you can still register to vote.

Put the location where you live, such as a shelter, park, motor home, intersection or other identifiable location you consider your residence on your registration form. This location will be used to register you to vote. ( RCW 29A.08.112 effective 2005)

You must also provide a valid mailing address where you can receive ballots and election information on time. A mailing address can be a post office box, address of a friend or relative, shelter, or general delivery at a local post office.

No, your residential address must be where you live. This determines the issues and candidates that appear on your ballot.

However, you can receive your elections mail at any valid mailing location you choose: a post office box, personal mailbox, college mailbox, or a military or out of state/country address. All elections-related materials, including your ballot, will be sent to the mailing address you provide.

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