Citizenship and Voting

Becoming a US Citizen

Contact the United States Citizen and Immigration Service to become a citizen of the United States. This federal agency provides information and resources to people who have just become permanent residents in the United States, and when they are ready and eligible to begin the formal naturalization process.

Voting

To vote in the state of Washington you must register or transfer your voter registration 30 days before an election. If you register by mail, your application must be postmarked by the 30-day cutoff or it will not become effective until after the election.

If you are not already registered to vote in Washington and you miss the 30-day deadline, you can register in person at the King County Elections Department until 15 days before the election. King County Elections is located at 919 SW Grady Way, Renton WA 98057.

How and When to Vote contains the election calendar and ballot box locations in King County.

To register to vote in the state of Washington, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • A legal resident of Washington State
  • At least 18 years old by election day

If the above criteria are met, register by completing and mailing in a voter registration form

You may not register to vote if you are:

  • Presently denied your civil rights due to a felony conviction.
  • Judicially declared mentally incompetent and ineligible to vote.

A voter registration form must be completed if it is a first-time registration in Washington or if a the new residence is in a different county. A registration can be transferred if the move was within King County. Complete a new voter registration form or contacting the King County Elections Department by mail, email or phone. There is no registration by political party in Washington state.

In Renton, citizens are not required to register in person. Mail-in voter registration forms are available at: 

  • Renton City Hall, City Clerk Division, Seventh Floor, 1055 South Grady Way, Renton, Washington 98057, Monday thru Friday
  • Renton Library, 100 Mill Avenue South Renton, Washington 98057, Monday thru Saturday
  • Renton Highlands Library, 2901 NE 12th Street, Renton, Washington 98056, Monday thru Saturday, excluding Friday

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