To register to vote, a person must meet all of the following requirements.
Having a green card or permanent residency status is not citizenship.2
Legal resident of Washington state
A person must establish a residential address in Washington at least 30 days before Election Day. 3
At least 18 years old by the day of the election in which they first vote
To qualify for the Future Voter Program, a U.S. citizen must be at least 16 and a Washington resident. When they turn 18, Future Voters become automatically registered.
Starting in 2022, a voter who turns 18 between the August Primary and the November General Election can vote in the Primary.4
Not disqualified from voting due to a court order
Only a Superior Court Judge can declare a person unable to vote due to mental incompetency. Do not assume that a person under guardianship is ineligible to vote. 5
Not under total confinement for a Washington felony conviction
A person’s right to vote is restored once they are no longer in total confinement for a felony conviction in Washington. Once a person is released from the Department of Corrections (DOC), the right to vote is restored and they are able to re-register to vote.
Click the VoteWA Icon to register online
You must have a valid Washington State Drivers’ License, ID, or permit to register this way.
16 and 17-year-olds may pre-register, but they will not appear in the look-up system or receive a voter registration card until after their 18th birthday.