IMPORTANT UPDATE

Voting Rights Expansion

Voter eligibility is constantly evolving and expanding access to the ballot box is a never-ending process. We are happy to celebrate two victories that are steps towards a just and inclusive political system.

Washington is one step closer to full voting rights restoration. As of 2022, any Washington state citizen with a felony conviction will have their voting rights restored automatically upon release from prison—even while in community custody. Over 26,000 people are now able to vote. If this expansion applies to you register to vote today.

If a Washington state citizen will be 18 by the November General Election, they can vote in the August primary. If you are 16 and 17 years old, pre-register to vote through the Future Voters Program. This will put you on a private waiting list, once you turn 18, you will be registered to vote and receive a ballot at the address you registered. If this applies to you pre-register today! It is the same form used to register to vote.

“Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.” — Thurgood Marshall

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Your Signature Matters!

When completing your voter registration form or signing for your Driver’s License at the DOL, know that your signature is very important. 

For your vote to be counted, it must be signed and dated on the ballot envelope. Election workers verify your identity using the signature on the envelope and matching it to the signature that is on file with your voter registration. If there is a challenge with identifying your signature, you will be notified.

To update your signature, click any of the buttons to download the paper voter registration form in your preferred language. Once completed, you can mail it to your county election’s office.

 

“When I liberate myself, I liberate others. If you don’t speak out ain’t nobody going to speak out for you.” — Fannie Lou Hamer

Important Dates

16-20

May 2022

Candidate Filing Week

Candidate filing period opens for general election. Start paying attention to candidate campaigns for elected office! If you are interested in running for office, the filing must be completed that week. As a voter, keep an eye out for candidate campaigns, town halls, and voter guides.

15

JuLY 2022

August Primary 18-day Voting Period Begins

Voting centers open and ballots are mailed out to registered voters. Ballots should be in the registered voter’s mailbox the following Wednesday at the latest.*

25

July 2022

Last day to register to vote online or by mail, to vote in the primary.

2

AUG 2022

Primary Election Day

Last day to register to vote in person. Ballots must be returned by 8:00PM via ballot drop box.

21

OCT 2022

November General Election 18-day Voting Period Begins.

Voting centers open and ballots are mailed out to registered voters. Ballots should be in the registered voter’s mailbox the following Wednesday at the latest.*

31

OCT 2022

Last day to register to vote online or by mail to vote in the general election.

8

NOV 2022

General Election Day

Last day to register to vote in person. Ballots must be returned by 8:00PM via ballot drop box.

*If you do not receive your ballots by the start of the voting period, use VoteWA.gov to check your registration and make sure your mailing address is current. You can also contact your local Elections office or visit a voting center. You can find the contact information and address of your County’s Election office here.

NEXT STEPS

Voter Checklist

Here’s a simple check list to help you plan for this year’s election, so when the time comes, you can say “This Person Votes!”

Check your voter registration status.

Make sure your mailing address is correct and up to date.

Set voting reminders.

Put the Election days aelection days and the start of the voting period in your calendar.

Keep an eye out for your voter pamphlet and ballot.

"Youth in particular, should be at the forefront of the civil rights struggle and have its voice heard in improving its own plight." - Juanita Jackson

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project

We believe in the power of our history to inspire and galvanize our communities to drive political change. It’s easy to forget that our civil rights and voting rights were fought for right here at home, not just in Washington D.C. and the southern states.

The Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project is a multimedia website that dives into the history of Seattle’s civil rights movements through video oral histories, hundreds of rare photographs, documents, movement histories, and personal biographies. You can learn about the Black organizations, leaders, and student unions who challenged segregation and racial discrimination — and the strategies they used to build political power in our home.

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