To vote in Washington, you must be…
- Registered to vote
- 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
- Not disqualified from voting due to a court order
- Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction
To better enable ALL people to access their right to vote, ACLU-WA has compiled a webpage that contains specific voting information, including the following groups of people:
- People who are currently incarcerated or have a criminal record*
- People who are unhoused or who have non-traditional addresses
- People with disabilities who need accommodations or assistance
- People who don’t have an ID
- People who may need language assistance (Please note: this section is in English and may require translation assistance
*If you are currently incarcerated or have a criminal record….In 2009 a law passed (HB 1517) which enables people with prior felony convictions to automatically regain their right to vote after they’ve served their time, and are no longer on parole or probation. Even if a person has unpaid debts to the legal system, they can still register and cast their vote, so long as they’ve completed their community custody obligations. If you work with people who have a criminal record, make sure they have this important information!
All of this voter information and more can be accessed here: https://aclu-wa.org/vote
Other Helpful Links
County Elections Departments in WA State (Contact them to request a ballot, make changes to your voter registration, get help after a deadline, etc.)
Still have questions?
Answers about voting by mail.
Answers about the current election.
Thank you to the ACLU of Washington State, our staff, and our partners for compiling this information and sharing it with us, and to you for sharing this information with your neighbors!
(Featured image from ACLU WA)