Who can vote
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
- If you are 16 or 17, you can sign up as a Future Voter and be automatically registered to vote when you qualify
- Not disqualified from voting due to a court order
- Not currently serving a sentence of total confinement under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections for a Washington felony conviction
- Not currently incarcerated for a federal or out-of-state felony conviction
Information for voters with a felony conviction
If you have been convicted of a felony in Washington State, another state, or in federal court, your right to vote is restored automatically as long as you are not currently serving a DOC sentence in total confinement. Voting rights are immediately restored upon release from prison following a felony conviction, regardless of community supervision status or outstanding legal fines or court fees.
If you have questions about your status with DOC, call 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.
After you have served a sentence of total confinement, you must re-register to vote , which can be done online, by mail or in person.
You can register to vote even if you are under community supervision or have outstanding legal fees. As long as you are not currently incarcerated for the felony conviction, and meet the other qualifications, you are eligible to register and vote.
For more information on felony voting rights in Washington, visit the Secretary of State’s website .
Information for voters without a residential address
If you 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.