WASHINGTON

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 29 days before Election Day by mail or one week before the election if delivered in person.
  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: Online and by mail – July 9, 2018. In person – July 30, 2018
  • Primary Election: August 7, 2018
  • General Election Registration Deadline: Online and by mail – October 8, 2018. In person – October 29, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Washington’s voter registration form asks for your Washington driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

You do not need any ID to vote in Washington by mail. However, first-time voters who did not provide proof of identity when registering and those voting in-person at voting centers will need to show ID. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • A valid Washington driver’s license number, state ID card number, or the last four digits of the voter’s Social Security Number, if the number matches a government database
  • A valid photo identification
  • A valid enrollment card of a federally recognized Indian tribe in Washington state
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement; government check, paycheck, or government document (other than a voter registration card) that shows both the name and address of the voter.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. To look up how to return your ballot or vote in person at a voting center, you can log in to login to MyVote and Select Drop Boxes and Voting Center Locations. You can then view a list or a map of drop boxes and voting centers in your area.

+ How Can I Vote?

Washington votes by mail. Registered voters will receive their ballot 18 days before the election. The ballot packet will include a ballot, a secrecy envelope, a return envelope, and instructions for filling out and returning your ballot. The ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day, returned to a designated ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day, or returned in person to the county elections department by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

County election officials match the signature on mail ballots with your voter registration signature. Voters are contacted if they don’t match, but if your signature has changed since you registered, it is a good idea to contact your election official in advance.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Washington affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • No. Washington does not require newly registered voters to obtain a Washington driver’s license or register their vehicles there.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Washington legal professional.

Last updated June 2018