Voting Rights for Formal Incarcerated in Washington State

Updated: September 2018

Voting Rights:

Anyone with a prior record who is no longer under DOC supervision has the same voting rights as all other citizens, and has the right to participate in all local, state and national elections.

Q: Am I eligible to Vote?

A: If you answer yes to the following statements you are eligible to vote:

  • I am a US citizen
  • I will be at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • I have a registered address in Washington that has been active for at least 30 days before the election.
  • I am no longer in prison or living in community custody under the authority of the DOC.
  • To verify your conviction status to determine voter eligibility, please contact the Washington State Department of Corrections at (360)-725-8213 (M-F, 8am-5pm)


Three ways to Register

Option 1 – Online

  • Step 1: Make sure you have a current Washington State driver’s license or Washington State ID card. Step 2: Visit the Washington Secretary of State’s Website 24 hours a day. Follow the link below.

Option 2 – By Mail

  • Step 1: Pick up a voter registration form. This can be done online at, over the phone at 1-800-325-6165, or in-person at certain public library or Department of Licensing locations.
  • Step 2: Fill out your voter registration form, complete with mailing address.
  • Step 3: Return your voter registration form to King County Elections; see address below.

Option 3 – In Person

  • Step 1: Visit the King County Administration Building or King County Elections; see addresses below.

King County Elections
919 SW Grady Way, Suite 100
Renton, WA, 98057

King County Administration Building
500 4th Avenue,
Room 440
Seattle, WA 98104

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