Enter your search term

Search by title or post keyword

Can a Felon Vote in Washington?

Table of Contents

Our website is supported by our users. We sometimes earn affiliate links when you click through the affiliate links on our website

Contact us for Questions

Legislators in the state of Washington permit the provisional reinstatement of voting rights upon the completion of a sentence. However, the sentencing court make take back said rights if a felon does not satisfy their legal financial responsibilities.


Felon Voting Law in Washington

If you were convicted of a felony within the state of Washington, you will regain the right to vote as long as you are not presently under the authority of the state’s Department of Corrections or DOC. Once you have your rights restored, you must re-register to vote. You can check with the DOC if you are not clear about your voting status.

If you are convicted of a felony in a state outside of Washington, your voting rights are restored once you have served your sentence or a supervised release. You can re-register to vote online, through the mail or in person. You don’t lose your right to vote if you have committed a misdemeanor conviction.

The Secretary of State’s office utilizes information furnished by the DOC and the court system to compile a list of eligible and ineligible voters. As long as you stay out of prison and make a good-faith effort toward the payment of court fees and costs, you will be able to vote. Any felon who willfully fails to make at least three payments within a year’s time, may have their voting rights revoked.

In order to restore rights or challenge a registration, you are required to file a Voter Challenge with your county’s elections department. You can read back-up details by following this link.

How a Felon in Washington Can Restore Their Voting Rights

You are eligible to re-register to vote in Washington if you are a US citizen, a legal resident of the state, will be at least 18 years old by a scheduled election date and have not be disqualified from the electoral process by a court order. You should not be serving time in a correctional facility if you wish to vote.

To establish your residency for voting, you must have been at your address for a minimum of 30 days before a scheduled election date. You can use a mailing address that is different than your home’s address. You can only register to vote at one location. It does not matter if you live in one home or own several residences, registration must be completed at one locale.

Even if you are not living inside Washington currently, you can retain your residency if you are employed by the military or civil service. People who live briefly overseas or are attending a college can also retain their residency. You can learn more about voting requirements by clicking on this link. It leads to the Secretary of State’s office website.

Other Resources For Felons in Washington

Getting Started: If this is your first time to our website, we highly recommend that you visit our getting started page to understand everything we have to offer. You can do so by clicking here.

Jobs For Felons: If you’re a felon looking for a job in Alabama, we have all of the resources you need including job listings by city, companies that hire felons, and our own job board. Click Here to learn more.

Legal Representation: If you’re in need of an expungement attorney to try to get rid of your felony in Alabama, or need a criminal lawyer or other type of lawyer, you can get a FREE consultation by clicking here to visit our legal representation page.

<<< Back to Felon Voting Rights Main page

Explore More within Felony Record Hub

Jobs for Felons
Get to work faster with jobs for felons curated for you.
post explore


How we help

This website was created by a few folks who have personally watched their loved ones struggle to get a job due to having a felony.

Your New Life Starts Here.

logo frh no text
Start Here
icon jobs

Jobs for Felons

Get to work faster with jobs for felons curated for you.

icon housing

Housing for Felons

Find housing for felons, listed by state.

icon legal

Legal Help

The legal help you need to put your past behind you

icon rights

Rights For Felons

Learn how you can get your rights back as a felon.

icon companies hiring

Companies Hiring Felons

Finding employment as a felon is tough. That’s why we have aggregated the best jobs for felons in one spot.

View Companies
icon programs

Reentry Programs

Resources to help ex-offenders gain essential life skills for making the right choices in life.

View Reentry Programs