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Guidelines for Registering a Person to Vote

Guidelines for Registering a Person to Vote


When registering a person to vote, you must:

  • Treat every person the same and ask each person the same questions.
  • Have the voter read and sign the oath.
  • Advise the voter if the deadline for voting in the next election has passed.
  • Not ask intimidating question regarding such issues as race, creed, religion, color, national origin, gender, disability or political affiliation (RCW 29A.04.205).

To prevent disenfranchisement of voters, completed forms must be returned to the Office of Secretary of State or County Auditor’s Office within five days. (In King County, return them to the Records, Elections and Licensing Division.) They must be returned immediately if the 30-day voter registration deadline before an election has passed. Unused forms should be returned to the office from which they were issued.