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?
A 17-year-old who will be 18 by the November General Election can vote for August Primary candidates. You will be able to 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 is a primary only voter?
A primary only voter
is a 17-year-old who will be 18 by the November General Election and is registered to vote can participate in the August Primary (only the races you are eligible to vote on will appear on the ballot).
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.