Registering is the first step to voting. You can check your registration status, update your registration, or register for the first time using the resources below.
Who Can Register to Vote
Requirements for registering to vote in Washington State:
- You’re a U.S. citizen
- You are a legal resident of Washington State
- You’ll be at least 18 years old before or on election day
- A court has not found you to be mentally incompetent
- You are not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington State felony Conviction
More detailed information on voter eligibility requirements a can be found on the Secretary of State’s webpage
You may pre-Register to vote if you are 16 or 17 years old as a Future Voter if you meet all of the other eligibility requirements to vote. You will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday.
When Should I Update my Registration?
Update your voter registration when:
- You move
- You change your name
- You haven’t voted in the past four years
Deadline to Register or Make Updates
Washington offers same-day registration services through Election Day. However, online and mail registrations must be received 8 days before Election Day. After the 8-day deadline, you must register (or update) in-person at a Vote Center. Register to vote in-person during business hours and any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Please register early!
What’s Confidential Voter Status?
Voters facing life-threatening situations may qualify for confidential voter status. For more information, contact the Address Confidentiality Program.