Felons & Voting Rights
If you were convicted of a felony in Washington State, your right to vote is restored as long as you are not under the authority (in prison or in community custody) of the Department of Corrections. Read on for more information.
Restoring Your Right to Vote
- Once you are no longer under the authority of the Department of Corrections, your right to vote is automatically restored. If you have questions about whether you are still in community custody, call the Department of Corrections at (800) 430-9674
- If you were convicted of a felony in another state or in federal court, your right to vote is restored as long as you are not currently incarcerated for that felony.
- Once your right to vote is restored, you must re-register in order to receive a ballot. You can re-register using the online Voter Portal, by mail, or in person.
- You do not lose the right to vote for a misdemeanor conviction or a conviction in juvenile court.
Three times a year, the Secretary of State uses information provided by the Department of Corrections and the state court system to screen the list of registered voters for ineligible felons. If you are registered to vote but are ineligible because of a felony conviction, you will be sent a letter explaining that your registration will be canceled in 30 days. The letter provides information on how to dispute the cancellation (RCW 29A.08.520)