College Civics

Questions about being a student voter?

Am I eligible to vote?
To be eligible to register, you must be: 

  • 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
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order

I don’t know if I’m registered to vote. How can I check?
Look up your voter registration status online with MyVote. If you’re listed as “inactive,” update your address. If you can’t find your voter records, register!

When is the registration deadline?
Applications and updates must e postmarked or submitted no later than 28 days before election day. If you are not already a Washington voter, you may register in person at your county elections department until eight days before an election. Applications and updates submitted after the deadline will take effect after the next election.

Do I need to update my address every time I move?
Yes. You need to update your mailing address when you move to ensure you receive your ballot.

Can I register using my school address?
Yes. You may register using either your home or school address. If you live on campus, you may list your dorm room or campus apartment as your residential address. PO boxes may not be used as residential, but can be used as mailing addresses.

What’s the difference between my residential and mailing addresses?
Your mailing address is where your ballot will be sent. Your residential address must be a Washington address. This address determines which candidates and measures will be on your ballot.

Can I register in Washington if I’m an out-of-state student?
Yes. You may register to vote if you have lived in Washington at least 30 days. You must use your Washington address as your residential address. Remember, you may vote in only one state. It’s a felony to vote more than once in the same election.

Can I vote if I’m studying abroad?
Yes. Your ballot will be sent to you anywhere in the world if you submit an updated mailing address.

May I vote in two places?
No! You may only be an active voter in one county in one state. Should you accidentally receive two ballots, vote only once. It is a felony to vote twice in the same election.