First Of All We Vote

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2015, and Alpha is continuing to help empower people to make the necessary decisions that affect their communities and their everyday lives. Alpha Phi Alpha has a long history of encouraging and helping to increase voter turnout through our “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People” campaign, which has been around since the 1930s. In order to help further the mission of the “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People” national initiative, please find important information to help you during the election season. Learn more about A Voteless People is a Hopeless People here.

Important Dates and Information for the State of Washington

Special Election
January 12 
Deadline for voter registration, address change and other updates
January 23 
Start of 18-day voting period (through Election Day). Ballots are mailed out and Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available at voting centers.
February 2       
Deadline for new Washington State voter registration (in person only)
February 10
Special Election
 
Special Election
March 30         
Deadline for voter registration, address change and other updates
April 10            
Start of 18-day voting period (through Election Day). Ballots are mailed out and Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available at voting centers.
April 20            
Deadline for new Washington State voter registration (in person only)
April 28         
Special Election
 
Primary
July 6         
Deadline for voter registration, address change and other updates
July 17         
Start of 18-day voting period (through Election Day). Ballots are mailed out and Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available at voting centers.
July 27        
Deadline for new Washington State voter registration (in person only)
August 4
Primary
 
General Election
October 5        
Deadline for voter registration, address change and other updates
October 16
Start of 18-day voting period (through Election Day). Ballots are mailed out and Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available at voting centers.
October 26 
Deadline for in-person new Washington State voter registration
November 3    
General Election

If you are registered to vote but miss the deadline to update your address, you can still vote. Contact your county elections department where you are currently registered to request a ballot.

Registrations and updates submitted after the deadline will take effect for the next election.

View the complete elections calendar.


Voter Eligibility
Washington State encourages every eligible person to register to vote and participate fully in all elections. Each of us is responsible for protecting the integrity of the electoral process by providing equal access, and guarding against fraud and discrimination.

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.
Citizenship

You must be a citizen of the United States. If you have questions about citizenship, contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Residency requirements

You must be a resident of Washington State. Your voting residence is your permanent address or a transitional address where you physically reside. MORE>>

Felons and voting rights

If you have been convicted of a felony,  your right to vote is restored as long as you are not under the authority (in prison or on community custody) of the Department of Corrections. Once your right is restored, you must re-register to vote in order to receive a ballot. MORE>>

Mental competency and voting rights

Only a Superior Court can declare a person ineligible to vote due to mental incompetency. A guardian may not vote on behalf of the person under guardianship, and power of attorney does not extend to voting. MORE>>

Do not

Submit false information on a voter registration application;
Register in more than one location; or
Accept payment, or offer to pay another, to register to vote.


If you have witnessed, or been a victim of, fraud or discrimination you may submit a Voter Concern Form.