To register to vote in Washington state, you must attest in a signed statement that you are a U.S. citizen and eligible to vote. You must also provide a form of identification. Common identification includes a Washington state driver’s license or state-issued ID number, or the last four digits of a Social Security number.
A person who submits false citizenship on their voter registration application or votes as a non-citizen is guilty of a class C felony. If a person illegally registers and votes, they also jeopardize attaining citizenship in the future.
Voting requirements are stated in plain language on registration forms and ballot envelopes. Voters affirm their eligibility by signing the ballot declaration during each election.
Snohomish County Elections provides translation services for non-English speaking citizens. If you need help understanding any part of the voting process, please call us at (425) 388-3444.
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There are three ways to register to vote:
To register to vote, you must be:
Voters don’t choose a political party when they register to vote in Washington State. Party preference or affiliation is not recorded in the voter’s registration record. Ballots sent to voters are not coded by party. Voters are free to select any candidate during primary and general elections, regardless of party preference.
Presidential Primary: Every four years, the major political parties have a nominating process for U.S. President. The parties choose to nominate by caucus or by holding a primary election with ballots. When the parties nominate by primary election, counties are required to mail and process ballots by political affiliation, temporarily recording voters’ party affiliations for the presidential primary. This party affiliation is removed from the voters’ records 60 days following certification of the presidential primary.
Voter registration records are not the only database from which jurors are called. Additional sources include motor vehicle registration, driver’s licenses, and utility records.
You can see the districts and precincts you live in by viewing the My Elected Officials tab at www.VoteWA.gov.
You can also view district boundaries through the Snohomish County Elections interactive map.
If you wish to cancel your voter registration, complete and return a cancellation form.
To notify us of a family member that has recently passed away, please use a cancellation due to death form.
You cannot use a cancellation form to cancel the registration of another voter (including family members that no longer live at your address). Please ask family members to cancel their own registration, if appropriate.
If you move, you can update your voter registration address by:
If you move from one Snohomish County address to another Snohomish County address, you can simply email your name, date of birth and new address to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us (425) 388-3444.
If you move out of state, complete and return a cancellation form and register to vote in your new state.
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.
If you are convicted of a felony in Washington state or federal court, your right to vote is restored automatically once you are no longer serving a sentence of total confinement. Upon release, you may register to vote.
You do not lose the right to vote for a misdemeanor conviction or a conviction in juvenile court.
Additional information can be found on the Washington Secretary of State’s website.
Individuals that meet the registration requirements except for age may pre-register to vote at 16-years-old and will be automatically registered on their 18th birthday.
Pre-registered, future voters that will be 18 years old by the next General election can vote in primaries and will be sent a ballot that is limited to primary races.
The deadline to register to vote online or by mail is 8 days before the election.
The deadline to register in-person is on Election Day by 8pm.