We have two initiatives to bring our Be a Voter campaign to young people: Training Future Voter Advocates to register their peers to vote and a Youth Forum to hear what young people are thinking.
FUTURE VOTER ADVOCATES
We have a pilot program in some high schools for Future Voter Advocates to register students who are 16 and above to vote. If you are a citizen and 18, you can vote. And, if you turn 18 between the August primary and the November general election, you can vote!
Frequently Asked Questions about How to Vote in Washington State
Q: Where can I find a ballot?
A: If you are registered to vote in your county, you will receive a ballot in the mail. If you have moved since you registered, you will need to change your address. Go to VoteWa.gov to change your address or you will not receive a ballot.
Q: There are so many candidates and issues! Do I need to vote on each one?
A: Just vote on the issues and candidates you feel strongly about. You don’t have to completely fill out your ballot. It will still be processed and counted.
Q: How can I learn about candidates and issues?
A: A local Voters’ Pamphlet is mailed to every registered voter about three weeks before the Primary and the General Elections. The Secretary of State’s Office also sends a Voters’ Guide when there are state-wide elections. You can watch Candidate Forums the League of Women Voters of Thurston County produces to learn much more https://www.lwvthurston.org/forums. The League of Women Voters does not support any political candidates or political parties.
Q: What if there are measures listed in the Voters’ Pamphlet, but I don’t see them on my ballot?
A: The Voters’ Pamphlet is for the entire county. You will vote for the ones in your district.
Q: What if my signature has changed since I registered, or I don’t remember how I signed that registration form.
A: You can re-register using a paper form, download a form, or fill out a form at the Thurston County Auditor’s Elections Voter Services office located at: 2400 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502
Q: What if I printed my signature when I registered, is that a problem?
A: Elections officials report that printed signatures are legal.
Q: What happens if I forget to sign the ballot envelope, or I can’t remember if I did?
A: Go to VoteWa.gov, and you will be able to verify whether your ballot was accepted. If it wasn’t accepted because you forgot to sign the envelope, you will receive a letter explaining what to do.
Q: How do I submit my ballot?
A: After signing the envelope, put it in the US mail or a ballot box before 8pm on election day. No stamp is required.
Q: What is a Future Voter?
A: A Future Voter is a teen who is pre-registered to vote at age 16 or 17 and will be automatically eligible to vote during the first election after their 18th birthday. If you turn 18 between the primary and general elections, you can now vote as a 17-year-old in the primary! https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/future-voter-program.aspx
We will expand our Youth Forum to other high schools in 2022. In Fall, 2021, seven members of the Capital High School Debate Team agreed to write individual oratories on matters important to us here in Thurston County. League members provided the list of topics, and students decided to address one or create their own.
Facing the Issues: Capital High School Youth Forum 2021
Seven members of the Capital High School Debate Team agreed to write individual oratories on matters important to us here in Thurston County. League members provided the list of topics, and students decided to use one or create their own.
Watch the Youth Forum!