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Friday, October 06, 2006

Register ten people to vote

The 2006 midterm elections are fast approaching - as of tomorrow they will be just a month away. We will only win this election and take back the Congress if we have a strong turnout. Every progressive activist can make a difference by identifying at least ten friends or family members who don't vote and getting them registered. (We all know at least ten people who do not vote).

Tomorrow is the deadline for sending in your vote by mail registration, but the deadline for walk in registration isn't until October 23rd. Here are some details:
The deadline for registering or transferring your voter registration is 30 days before an election [that's tomorrow]. If you register by mail, your application must be postmarked by the 30-day cutoff or it will not become effective until after the election.

If you are not already registered to vote in Washington and you miss the 30-day deadline, you can register in person at your county elections department until 15 days before the election. Contact your County Auditor for assistance and information.

Registration Requirements

You must complete a voter registration form if you are registering for the first time in Washington or if you have moved to a new county. If you have moved within the same county, you may transfer your registration by completing a new form or contacting your County Auditor by mail, email, or phone. There is no registration by political party in Washington state.

To register to vote in the state of Washington, you must be:
  • A citizen of the United States
  • A legal resident of Washington State
  • At least 18 years old by election day
You may not register to vote if you are:
  • Presently denied your civil rights due to a felony conviction.
  • Judicially declared mentally incompetent and ineligible to vote.
If you meet the above criteria you can register by completing and mailing in a voter registration form.
You can fill out the mail in form here (Adobe PDF). To locate your county elections office, follow this link. It's time to take action.

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