Washington’s voter registration system, VoteWA, is continuously updated by county election workers as well as the Office of the Secretary of State (OSOS). The OSOS works with the Social Security Administration, the Department of Licensing, the Department of Health, the Department of Corrections, and the Office of the Administrator of the Courts to ensure the accuracy of voter registration data.
The OSOS regularly provides counties with lists of voters who need to be removed from the voter rolls. These lists include deceased voters, voters in custody of the Department of Corrections, or voters who may be registered in more than one county.
Additionally, Washington State is a member of ERIC (Electronic Records Information Center) that compares voter registration and motor vehicle license data across 31 other states. ERIC uses sophisticated data matching software. ERIC reports can detect when a voter is registered in another state or if they have voted in another state.
We also rely on voters to keep their voter registration records updated. If you move or change your name, please contact (425) 388-3444. If a member of your household has died and a ballot is mailed to them, please write “deceased” on the envelope and return it in the mail or through ballot drop box. If a ballot is mailed to your home in the name of someone who doesn’t reside with you, please mark the envelope as undeliverable.