How to Vote

September 22, 2023

Democracy is at its best when immigrants, refugees and people of color are engaged and represented at all levels by people that come from our communities and govern with us.

Ensuring our communities know how to make their votes count and voices heard is a crucial part of building our political power. On Election Day, we formally express our opinions and tell elected leaders what is important to us.

Who can vote?

To be eligible to vote you must be: 

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A legal resident of Washington state for at least 30 days prior to election day
  • At least 18 years old (If you are 16 or 17, you can sign up as a Future Voter)
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order

People who have felony convictions:

  • In a Washington state court will have their right to vote automatically restored as long as they are not serving a sentence of total confinement
  • In a federal court or any state court other than Washington will have their right to vote automatically restored as long as the person is no longer incarcerated

How do I cast my vote?

During an election, in Washington State, you will receive your ballot in the mail about three weeks before Election Day. Read the instructions to fill out your ballot correctly. You can mail your ballot any time before the election (must be postmarked by election day) or drop it off at a drop box near you.