REGISTER TO VOTE!
The easiest way to register is to use VoteWA, the web app on the Washington Secretary of State’s website. You can register, update your address, look up your precinct number, and learn the names of all your Washington elected officials. Voter registration forms are also available at most public libraries, public schools, and the county Auditor’s office. You may also download and print forms in several languages
Got questions? Check out our Voter Registration Q&A!
Washington State and Congressional District map
EVERYTHING you need to know about registering to vote in Washington
How to Vote in Washington (video)
Vote411 Washington – are you eligible to vote?
- Voting by Mail is Safe, Daily Record Guest Column by County Auditor Jerry Pettit (pdf version)
- Ballot Drop Boxes are Secure, Daily Record Guest Column by County Auditor Jerry Pettit (pdf version)
- Ballot processing: we got this!, Daily Record Guest Column by County Auditor Jerry Pettit (pdf version)
- How are ballots processed? (video)
- Your Ballot Signature Matters (video)
CANDIDATES & ISSUES
- Washington Votes – gives users instant access to concise and objective descriptions of every single bill, amendment, and vote that takes place in the Washington legislature.
- Vote Smart Washington State – Olympia
- Vote Smart Washington State – Congress
- Ballotpedia (Washington) – Look up ballot measures, too
- Brennan Center for Justice – Issue information at nonpartisan think tank
- Countable – News and pros/cons of federal bills and issues
- Presidential Candidates in His/Her Own Words
FOLLOW THE MONEY
- Public Disclosure Commission – Follow the money for State & local races and initiatives.
- Federal Election Commission – Follow the money for Congressional races
Also go to our candidates pages by using the navigation bars at the top and bottom of this page.
Our sister League in Pennsylvania has an excellent resource page on how elections are conducted in other states. Scroll down this page to #3, A Look At Other States.
Learn About Local Government
- The State We’re In – Guide to state, tribal and local government, produced by the League of Women Voters
- Your Vote 2021 & Your Vote 2020 – a collaborative effort between LWV Washington State & Spokesman-Review. Learn more about Washington state electoral issues and national voting timelines.
- The Closest Governments to the People – guide to local government
- A Guide to Washington State Courts
- Special-purpose districts in Washington state
- Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC)
- MRSC publications in pdf
- Washington State Association of Counties resource links
Learn About the 3 Branches of Government
The United States Constitution established our current system of government. It consists of three branches; the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial. Read more about them here.
- How a Bill Becomes Law (Schoolhouse Rock Video)
- How a Bill Becomes Law
Teaching Civics & US Government resources
Click here for a complete guide to US impeachment process, courtesy of CWU Brooks Library!