Voter registration

Registering to vote is one of the critical first steps of engaging in the political process. That’s why we register thousands of voters each year on college campuses, in high school classrooms, and at festivals and community events across the state.

The facts

Almost 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. And those folks are majority people of color, low-income communities, and young people. Our democracy works best when everyone participates. That’s why we’re working hard to make sure every young person and folks from historically disenfranchised communities are registered to vote to have their voice heard in our political process. We can make the difference.

Get registered

Have you moved since you last updated your registration? Just moved to Washington? Never been registered before? Will you turn 18 by the next election? We got you. Click below to register to vote!

Talking the talk

We aim to break down barriers that prevent folks from deep civic engagement, and the language you speak shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why we’re using translated materials in the field to do in-language voter registration.

The Bus uses culturally competent materials in Spanish and Korean in the field to talk about the Bus and register people to vote. These materials have proved successful in the field, and help us to engage communities that are often excluded from the civic process as a result of systematic barriers to participation.

Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible to vote?
All folks who can answer yes to each of these statements is eligible to vote!

  • I am a U.S. Citizen
  • I will be at least 18 years old by or on Election Day
  • I will have lived in Washington for at least 30 days before the election
  • I am not presently denied my right to vote as a result of being under the authority of the Department of Corrections for a felony conviction
When do I need to register to vote?
The deadline to register to be able to vote in a Washington State election is 29 days prior to the election. Every time you move, you need to update your voter registration, a change of address or mail forwarding will not forward your ballot.
What information do I need to register to vote?
To complete your registration, you will need to provide your first and last legal name, date of birth, residential address and mailing address (if different), and your Washington State driver’s license, permit, or ID number OR the last 4 digits of your social security number.
Can I register to vote if I don’t have a permanent residence?
Absolutely! When you register to vote, under residential address just put the street, intersection, shelter, or other location that you stay most often. This will assign you to a voting precinct. Then, for mailing address you can put wherever you’re able to pick up mail – a shelter, a friend’s house, or if you’re in Seattle the following locations do not require you to preregister for mail service: Compass Housing Alliance-CSO, Ballard Food Bank, and Georgetown Food Bank (St. Vincent de Paul).
Can I vote if I have a felony conviction?
Yes! Your voting rights are restored if you can say yes to any of the following statements:

  • I was convicted of a felony in federal court and am no longer in prison
  • I was convicted of a felony in a state court outside of Washington and am no longer in prison
  • I was convicted of a felony in Washington and am no longer in prison or on community custody (under the authority of the Department of Corrections)
What do I do if my ballot never arrives?
Look for your ballot in the mail starting about two-three weeks before the voting deadline. If your ballot is lost or damaged, request a new one from your County Elections Department.
What happens to the information I input on registerinwa.org?
The Washington Bus does not sell personal information or data from registerinwa.org. Registerinwa.org is offered as a service to promote Washington’s Online Voter Registration option for voters. A volunteer may contact you (using the phone number you input on the registerinwa.org website) around election time to remind you to vote and see if you have any questions about the voting process (i.e. how to vote, when to vote, etc). See our full Privacy Policy for more information.
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