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Election 2020: Voting

Voting

In order to cast a vote in the 2020 General Election you must first be a registered voter in the state you live in. For the majority of the members of our Highline College community, that state is Washington. On this page you will find information on determining voter eligibility, how to register to vote and how voting works in Washington. 

Am I eligible to vote?

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.

How do I register to vote?

To vote in the November 3rd General Election, first time Washington voters can register by mail or online by October 26th through the Washington Secretary of State website (VoteWA linked below). Voters can register in person at their County Elections Department up until election day.

When and how can I vote?

Washington voters can participate in the General Election and vote for the president as well as many state and local positions on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, but due to anticipated voter turnout, voters are encouraged to cast their ballots as soon as they can. Voters who wish to mail their ballots, rather than utilizing a drop box, should plan to mail their ballots by Friday, October 30, in order for their ballot to be postmarked by election day.

Voting in Washington, for both primary and general elections is conducted entirely through mail-in ballots. Ballots are mailed to all eligible, registered voters at least 18 days before every election. In addition to mailing your ballot through the USPS mail, you can also drop your ballot off at a local drop box. For locations and more information, please visit links below.
Once you have mailed in your ballot or dropped it off at one of the locations linked above, you can use the link below to track the status of your ballot.

Voter Identification Laws

map of U.S. color coded by voting law category

Washington: ID Requested; Photo Not Required

Washington holds all elections by mail, so this provision impacts few voters.

Online Resources for Voters

Non-partison political fact-checking websites can help sort fact from fiction and instill confidence as you cast your ballot. Please utilize the following resources to double-check the accuracy of news reports or social media posts that you encounter.

Online Resources for Educators

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