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Washington Electoral Situation
Absentee ballots require an excuse: no

Early voting: no

Felons: The State of Washington disenfranchises all individuals convicted of “infamous crimes,” meaning crimes punishable by incarceration in a state correctional institution. In order to register to vote, a person convicted of an infamous crime needs to present a “certificate of discharge” to the registering authority. For those who were convicted before July 1, 1984, and who completed all terms of sentence before 1993, reinstatement of the right to vote is not automatic; such individuals seeking to regain the right to vote can apply to the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB) for a certificate of discharge. Beginning in 1993, individuals who were convicted before July 1, 1984 automatically began receiving a certificate of discharge from the ISRB three years after completing all terms of their sentence. Individuals who are convicted in a court of the State of Washington after July 1, 1984 automatically receive a certificate of discharge upon final completion of their sentence. Individuals who are convicted in federal court or in another state (and now reside in Washington) do not automatically receive a certificate of discharge, even if their conviction was after July 1, 1984, and so must petition the Clemency and Pardons Board for a Restoration of Rights in order to regain the right to vote. The Clemency and Pardons Board has final authority on decisions regarding Restoration of Rights and does not submit these cases for Gubernatorial review. Finally, certain sex offenders who committed their crimes after September 1, 2001 are also under the jurisdiction of the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board; there is currently no procedure in place for these individuals to obtain a certificate of discharge.

ID Laws: First-time voters who register by mail and do not provide ID verification with registration application need: Current and valid photo identification; Utility bill; Bank Statement; Government check; Paycheck; Government document (other than a voter registration card).

Mandatory poll worker/election official training: yes

Paper trail: yes

Provisional ballot validity determined by jurisdiction of voter, not precinct: yes

Registration deadline: Register 30 days before the election by mail or go in person to registration office 15 days before the election.

Uniform voting system: no