People who want to register to vote and participate in the Nov. 3 General Election have until Monday, Oct. 26, to register online or by U.S. mail.
Online registration is available at VoteWA.gov, the state’s online voter portal. All that is required is a Washington state driver’s license or I.D. On VoteWA.gov, people can also change or update their registration, view a personalized voters’ guide (with information on candidates and measures specific to where they live), locate ballot drop boxes, voting centers, and elections offices, and track their marked ballot once it is in the system.
People may also visit the Secretary of State’s Elections website to print and fill out a voter registration form (available in 23 languages), and mail it to a county elections office. (Your local election official’s address is located at the bottom of the form.) Or, people can go online to request a form be mailed directly to them. Registration forms returned by mail must be received — not postmarked — by Oct. 26 in order for the voter to participate in the General Election.
After Oct. 26, people may register in person at a county elections office or voting center during normal business hours and as late as 8 p.m. on Election Day. However, Neary recommends people avoid registering at the last minute.
More information is available at the Secretary of State’s website, sos.wa.gov, or by contacting a county elections office. Each office’s address, contact information, and hours of operation can be found at sos.wa.gov/elections/auditors.