As a student, you probably change your address more frequently than the average voter. Remember to update your voter registration every time you move. You can update your address using the online Voter Portal, by mail or in person.
Your residential address determines which candidates and measures will be on your ballot. This must be a Washington State address that you consider home. If you live on campus and provide a campus address as your residential address, be sure to list your dormitory and room number. A Post Office Box does not qualify as a residential address.
For more information visit the Secretary of State’s Residency Requirements page
Your mailing address is where your ballot will be mailed. It does not impact the ballot measures and candidates that will appear on your ballot. Your ballot can be sent to you anywhere in the world. For example, you may list your parents’ home as your residential address, but a PO Box or your dorm at college as your mailing address.
You may register to vote in Washington if you have lived in the state for at least 30 days and have established a residential address in the state. Please note that Washington State residency requirements for voting are not the same as residency for in-state tuition purposes. You may vote in only one state. If you were previously registered in another state, cancel your registration in that state when you register in Washington.
Voting in Two Places is a Felony
You may only vote once; you may only vote in one county in one state. Keep this in mind when deciding if you want to list your home or school address for your voter registration. Should you accidentally receive two ballots, vote only once.
How to be an Informed Voter
Washington has many ways to help voters become informed about ballot measures and candidates:
- For General Elections held in November, the state General Election Voters’ Pamphlet is mailed to every household in Washington. If you need the General Election Voters’ Pamphlet in accessible formats or alternate languages, call (800) 448-4881 or email email@example.com.
- For personalized ballot measure and candidate information online, registered voters can sign into the online Voter Portal. Once signed into your registration record, go to the menu section entitled Voters’ Guide.
- For local races, you can also visit our What’s On the Ballot? page, which is updated before every election.