Online voter registration reaches new heights

Online voter registration reaches new heights

A decade after Washington became the second state in the country to take voter registration online, 35 states and the District of Columbia (that other Washington, as some know it) have followed suit.

Under current law, the deadline for online voter registration is 30 days before Election Day, so the deadline for registering to vote in the August Primary Election passed this week, on July 9th.

Thanks to the excellent work by our Elections Division, thousands of Washingtonians registered to vote online in time to cast ballots in August . So many new voters signed up via the website in just the opening days of July that this is already Washington’s biggest month for online voter registration since the November 2016 election.

As of Friday, we have nearly 4.3 million registered voters in Washington eligible to vote in the August primary, for which ballots will go out by July 20. Here’s a month-by-month breakdown of how Washington voters have signed up since 2016.

2016

2017

2018

Total Online Total Online Total Online
Jan 32,712 9,370 Jan 11,438 1,340 Jan 23,135 4,226
Feb 39,224 13,760 Feb 8,036 895 Feb 8,480 2,131
Mar 75,069 37,964 Mar 20,099 2,321 Mar 23,848 3,605
Apr 34,737 8,522 Apr 8,741 853 Apr 8,483 1,036
May 33,764 7,491 May 16,134 1,956 May 22,857 3,540
Jun 41,785 5,857 Jun 23,441 2,862 Jun 31,148 5,051
Jul 45,038 10,074 Jul 3,445 700 Jul (TD) 13,625 8,049
Aug 48,533 10,698 Aug 16,374 2,778 YTD total: 131,576 27,638
Sep 84,593 37,598 Sep 29,018 4,257
Oct 83,658 43,896 Oct 14,797 4,027
Nov 28,454 7,327 Nov 7,179 1,685
Dec 18,092 1,477 Dec 20,403 2,377
Total: 565,659 194,034 Total: 39,474 22,235

Though the deadline has passed for registering in time to vote in the August 7th Primary, it’s not too late to register for the November General Election. Go to MyVote.wa.gov to verify your registration status, update your voter record, register to vote, find accessible voting centers, and more.

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