Future Voters (16 or 17-years old)

​What is a Future Voter?


Starting July 1, 2019, new legislation allows 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote. When they turn 18 their registration automatically becomes active.

What are the qualifications?


  • Be at least 16 years old
  • A U.S. Citizen
  • A Washington resident

How do I sign up?


  • Online at VoteWA.gov using your drivers license or state ID.
  • Mail in a paper form.
  • In person at the Whatcom County Auditor's Office.

What if I don't have a driver's license?


Use the last four (4) digits of your social security number to sign up using a paper form.

When can I vote or sign a petition?


If you're a Future Voter, you're automatically registered to vote when you turn 18, so you'll be able to vote in the election and sign petitions after your 18th birthday!

What if I turn 18 right before an election?


If your address has not changed, you can expect to receive a mailed ballot approximately 2 weeks before Election Day. Contact the Whatcom County Elections Office for assistance and be ready to vote!

What if I move, leave the country, go to college, or join the military?


  • Your residential address determines your ballot content. We can mail your ballot anywhere in the world, but your residential address must remain in Washington. You may not vote in more than one place.
  • Keep your mailing address updated. If you move within Washington, submit a new registration form to update your enrollment info.
  • Overseas — submit a new registration form with your updated mailing address and mark Overseas Status.
  • At college — submit a new registration form with your updated home or school mailing address.
  • Military — submit a new registration form with your updated mailing address and mark Military Status.

Is my information private?


Future Voter sign-up information is protected while underage. Once you turn 18 you become registered and voter registration info is public. Visit the WA Secretary of State Election FAQ for more information.