Voter registration deadlines approach
Those who have not registered to vote must do so soon to take part in the state's Mar. 26 presidential primary. The deadline for regular voter registration is Feb. 24 (30 days before the election).
For those who miss the first deadline, there is an additional two-week period to sign up through special registration procedures.
To register to vote, you must be a United States citizen, a resident of the state of Washington, and at least 18 years of age by the time of the election.
Prior to Feb. 24, citizens may sign up to vote by filling out a mail-in registration form, available at county courthouses, city halls, public schools, and libraries, fire stations, and many state offices that serve the public. Registration is also available through the "Motor Voter" program at any of the state's 62 driver license examining stations.
Those who miss the Feb. 24 deadline will still be able to register for the primary through Mar. 11. State law does, however, set forth certain restrictions for people who register during this 15-day period:
For more information on voting and voter registration, contact your county auditor or county elections department or call the Secretary of State toll-free Voter Information Hotline at 1-800-448-4881 (toll-free TDD for the hearing or speech impaired: 1-800-422-8683).
- Applicants will be required to register at a location specified by the county auditor or the county elections department (the location will usually be the county courthouse).
- Applicants will be required to vote by absentee ballot, which will be provided by absentee ballot, which will be provided at the time of registration.