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Elections and Voting

How to use government information basic information for assignments, research, and your own personal use during elections and to vote as an informed citizen.

Voting Resources

Voting Rights

One place you may always receive help with any government information research is Government Information Online (GIO) where librarians across the United States will assist you.

Washington Voter Rules

Voting Eligibility in Washington State

Visit the Washington Secretary of State website for additional information. To register to vote, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A legal resident of Washington State;
  • At least 18 years old by Election Day;
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order; and
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.
  • College students can either vote absentee in their home state or register to vote in WA if they have lived in WA for at least 30 days and have established a residential address in WA.
  • Check to see if you are already registered.


  • Voter registration deadlines are determined by the date of the election.
  • Online and mail registration must be received 8 days before Election Day.
  • Register to vote in person during business hours at a county elections department and any time before 8:00 PM on Election Day.
  • Election Calendar

ID Requirements for Registration

Online registration portal

  • To use the online voter registration system you will need a current Washington State driver's license, permit or ID card. If you do not have any of these, you may still register by mail or in person.

Mail-in Registration

  • An ID is not required for mail-in registration, but you must provide one of the documents listed on the form to verify residence: Driver’s license number, OR Last four digits of Social Security number

Update Registration     

  • Update registration after a move or name change.

Cancelling registration

  • You may voluntarily cancel your Washington State voter registration by completing this form and returning it to your county elections department.


Other states voter registration deadlines

If you are not a resident in Washington state, there are several places to check to verify your voter registration and deadlines including and  Voting & Election Toolkits from GODORT, the Government Documents Round Table of the American Library Association.