Registering to Vote
To register to vote in Clark County you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be 18 years old by the day of the next election
- Be a resident of Clark County
- Not be disqualified from voting due to a court order
- Not be under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction
Three ways to register
- Online if you have a Washington State ID or Driver's License
- In Person at the Clark County Elections Office at 1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver, WA (map)
- By Mail with a voter registration form available by mail or download from the Office of the Secretary of State, or you may find them at the following locations:
- Library branches
- Public schools
- City and town halls
- Auto licensing subagencies
- Driver licensing offices - register to vote when you apply for your driver license
Military and overseas voters
As a military or overseas voter, you have several options for registering to vote, receiving your ballot and returning it. If you are a military spouse or dependent, and you are away from home because of the military service, you also qualify as a military voter.
When registering, please indicate you are in the armed forces or living overseas.
You can find more information be visiting the Office of the Secretary of State's website or by calling our office at (360) 397-2345.
Military and overseas voters can find the Federal Post Card Application at www.fvap.gov
You must provide all of the following information when you register to vote:
- Legal name
- Date of birth
- Residential address in Clark County
- Mailing address, if not the same as residential address
- Washington driver license number, ID card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number
Registration deadlines during an election
- If you are currently registered to vote in Washington state and would like to register to vote in Clark County: You may register to vote online, in person, or by mail up to 29 days before Election Day. If you miss the 29-day cutoff, your registration form will be held and processed after the election.
- If you are not currently registered to vote in Washington state: You may register to vote online, in person, or by mail up to 29 days before Election Day. If you miss the 29-day cutoff, you may register to vote up to 8 days before Election Day as long as you fill out and submit your registration form in person at the Clark County Elections Office. If you miss the 8-day cutoff, your registration form will be held and processed after the election.
Restoration of civil rights to convicted felons
If you were convicted of a felony in a Washington State Superior Court, your right to vote will be restored as long as you are not incarcerated or under Department of Corrections supervision. If you have any questions, call the Department of Corrections at 1-800-430-9674.
If you owe fines, restitution or other court costs for a felony conviction, and you fail to make three payments in a 12-month period, the sentencing court can revoke your right to vote for willfully failing to pay. The sentencing court can restore your right to vote once you make a good faith effort to pay.
If you were convicted in another state or in federal court, your right to vote is restored as long as you are not incarcerated for that felony.
Once your right to vote is restored, you must register in order to vote.
Additional information on this subject can be found by clicking the links below:
Some things to know about voting In Clark County
- Election dates: General Elections are held on the first Tuesday of November. Primaries are held on the third Tuesday of August. Special elections may be held in February or April. See the elections calendar for exact dates.
2016 elections calendar
- Partisan and nonpartisan elections: Generally, all races in odd-year Primaries and General Elections are for nonpartisan local positions in cities and towns, school districts, fire districts, cemetery districts, sewer districts and port districts. Races in even-year Primaries and General Elections are for partisan positions in county, legislative, state and federal jurisdictions. To find out which jurisdictions you live in, you may look at your voter registration card, or go to MyVote, or call the Elections Office at (360) 397-2345, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Political parties: Voters do not register for a political party in the state of Washington.