Voting and Registering to vote in WA

1. In Washington State, you qualify to register and vote if you are:
  - A citizen of the United States;
  - A legal resident of Washington State;
  - At least 18 years old by Election Day;
  - Not under the authority of the Department of Corrections; and
  - Not disqualified  from voting due to a court order
 
2. If you have a Washington State Driver's license or state ID, you may register to vote online through the Washington Secretary of State Website. The link to the website is:
www.myvote.wa.gov
 
3. If you don’t have a valid Washington State Driver's license or state ID, you can download and print a form or request one to be sent to you via mail.

4. You are not required to register to a political party to vote in Washington State. If you have a Washington State Driver's license, you may register to vote online through the Washington Secretary of State Website. The link to the website is:
http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/voterinformation/Pages/RegistertoVote.aspx

5. As a voter you have certain rights and responsibilities, which are outlined on the Washington Voting and Elections website at
http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/en/voterinformation/Pages/regrightsandreponsibilites.aspx

More information about elections can be found at
www.vote.wa.gov



What am I voting on?
1) You can determine who sits on your child's school board
2) You can determine who the next governor or president will be
3) You can determine what new laws are passed or what existing laws are changed - during elections, citizens can propose new laws or changes to laws. This through a process called intitatives and referendums. You vote for or these, against these, or write your own. To learn visit the state's website.
4) You can decide how money is being spent in your city and state
5) You can elect your Chief of Police
6) and More!



When to Vote?
Every time you are eligible!


How?
In Washington State you vote by mail. You should get your ballot in the mail 18 days before Election Day. If you do not receive your ballot, contact your local Elections office for more information. You can find your local office at http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/auditors.aspx

Why should young people vote?*
1) Young people are not having their voice heard In the 2010 elections:
      - 18-24 year olds made up 4 percent of the total voters in Washington State
      - 25-34 year olds made up 6 percent of the total voters in Washington State
2) The decisions we make today will impact you for the rest of your life - longer than for someone who is not young.
3) If you have relatives who unable to vote, it's one way you can champion issues that would help them.

*Source: http://blogs.sos.wa.gov/FromOurCorner/index.php/2010/09/hey-number-nerds-wa-primary-turnout-by-age-gender/


Public Service
You can give back to your community by volunteering on a Commission, Board or Committee. There are a variety of opportunities to engage at the city, county and state level. Every ten years, you can help out with the US Census. They have volunteer and paid positions.

You can also volunteer with local Elections. For more information on how to do that locate your local elections office.