It's National Voter Registration Day: Is Your Information Current?

In honor of National Voter Registration Day, we’re giving you all the information you need for how and where to register to vote and ensure the King County Elections office has your most current information.

There will be a bevy of big issues on the ballot in November facing Mercer Island voters. If you haven’t yet registered to vote, get it off your to-do list now.

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and thousands of local, state and national organizations have mobilized to make sure millions of people don’t miss the chance to cast their vote in this year’s elections.

“If you haven’t yet registered, today is your opportunity to join thousands of citizens across the country who are honoring our democratic process by registering to vote,” said Sherril Huff, King County Elections Director in a press release.

State law in Washington requires voters to maintain a current address in order to vote, and residents who move must re-register or risk removal from voter rolls. The state is known for aggresively monitoring its voter rolls.

According to Secretary of State Sam Reed, in order 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 under the authority of the Department of Corrections; and
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order.

Six million people didn’t vote in the 2008 elections because they either did not know how to register or because they missed the voter registration deadline. 

Here's how NOT to be that group of six million non-voters:

The voter registration deadline for Washington is Oct. 6 for mail-in registration and updates and Oct. 8, 2012 for online registration and updates.

Here’s information on how you can register in time for the Nov. 6 elections:

Kendall Watson September 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I once had a newspaper editor, a very accomplished and clever person (who shall remain anonymous) who wound-up with her voter registration tagged as "inactive" because she moved and didn't immediately update her registration. I think she figured this out a day or two before the registration deadline and was eventually able to vote — but the point here is that, if it can happen to an award-winning journalist, it can certainly HAPPEN TO YOU. Be on your guard and defend your right to vote!


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