Click here to register to vote, if you have not already registered at your current address.  DO IT RIGHT NOW!
Click here to register to vote, if you have not already registered at your current address. DO IT RIGHT NOW!
October 10 is the deadline to register to vote online (DO IT RIGHT NOW!) or to walk in at a county elections office and register, in order to be eligible to vote in the November 8 general election. If you turn 18 on or before November 8, you can vote, but you must be registered ahead of time.

The mail-in registration deadline is either October 8 or 11. The deadline originally set by the state was October 10, but that is a federal holiday. If you want to be sure your mailed-in voter registration is accepted, you better just get it post-marked by this Friday, October 8. Secretary of State Kim Wyman has asked county election official to accept voter registrations post-marked October 11, so that is now up to each county, and subject to legal challenge. I wouldn’t suggest risking it.

For those choosing to print out an old-school voter registration card, or make a trip to their local election office, here are the details how to do that for King County, Pierce County, and Snohomish County. County offices will be open for business on Monday, October 10, in King, Pierce, and Snohomish County.

But really, if you are reading this, all you have to do is click this link, and fill out all the requested information. DO IT RIGHT NOW!

CLARIFICATION: You must have a Washington-state-issued photo ID or drivers’ license (with your signature on it) in order to register online. The state is able to verify the validity of your registration by looking at the signature it has on file.

If you live in the Sound Transit taxing district (most of the populated area of King, Pierce and Snohomish County), you have the opportunity to vote on a major transit investment package, commonly known as Sound Transit 3, but on the ballot as Regional Proposition 1.

If you have not registered to vote at your current address yet, please go to the Secretary of State’s online voter registration page, RIGHT NOW!

Thank you.

26 Replies to “Register to Vote by Monday, October 10; Safe Postmark Deadline This Friday”

  1. Let me make a suggestion. A voter registration drive is very easy to do. Spend a few hours and go door-to-door through your neighborhood. A friendly hello and introduction of yourself, a smile, and the question, are you and all of the adults in your house registered to vote is usually very well received. Take an hour, walk up and down your block, and offer your neighbors voter registration forms and assistance, if they would like it. Transit is one of my hot-button issues, but only one of many. I’m convinced that most people want to see good infrastructure, including good transit, a more progressive tax structure, better schools, and a government that works to help average people, not corporations. Get out there and get your neighbors and friends registered to vote! Thanks!

    1. Good points all.

      I was in Tucson a couple of weeks ago and whilst wandering around was approached by several young folks in different parts of the downtown area asking if they could register me to vote. When I told one of them that I had been registered since I was 18 and never missed an election he told me that I’d have to re-register for some reason anyway (AZ has some issues with voter suppression so I’m not sure what that was all about). Of course I told him that my registration was in my own home state!

      It was impressive to see these young people out volunteering their time to do this–this wasn’t a community service mandate as I found out from chatting with a couple of them.

  2. Never posted here before. This isn’t exactly on the topic of voting, but it is critical for getting a “yes” vote, and it is pertinent to the issue of voter education, which is equally important as registration. How has sound transit public and visibly addressed the elephant that is their inability to keep escalators running. I could see a lot of undecided voters looking at this perpetual issue and saying “these guys are too incompetent to keep escalators in operation, I’m not voting to give them billions.”. Don’t get me wrong, escalators aside, I’m all in, but if Sound Transit wants to sit at the big kids table, they need to get the little things that inconvenience customers everday correct.

    Also, I’m frustrated with the delays faced at the end of the Huskies game on Friday. It is tragic that someone was hit by a train, but this was a critical day of exposure for Link (the first REALLY BIG game at Husky stadium). I heard many sarcastic comments like “well, guess they didn’t build it with football on mind…” which broke my heart. Ironically, the delays highlighted exactly why this proposition needs to pass as is. There would never have been an issue if MLK had been built at grade. But instead, I’m sure people like the gentleman who I overheard will only think “what a piece of ****”. I’m not sure that there’s anything that can be done to resolve this issue though.

    Long story short, dot your i’s and cross your t’s, Sound Transit!

    1. I’m all in favor of getting Link running again sooner after accident investigations – but what could Sound Transit do, really? That’s a city policy and a police policy, not from Sound Transit. I’d advocate flatly saying, “The Seattle Police Department has delayed Link…” and letting the chips fall where they may.

      On the other hand, I entirely agree with you about the escalators.

      1. My intention was never to criticize ST for the aftermath of the collision. I intended to point out that ST3 addresses the cause of the delay on friday by proposing grade separated rail. If the MLK segment had been built “correctly” in the first place, this literally couldn’t have happened. I just worry that people won’t see the big picture, and vote not at all or against ST3 because of issues like this.

      2. I know it a lot of places they attribute subway closures as “..due to police action” and it helps a lot.

      3. Alex and William, given that the whole Sound Transit board faces re-election every few years, best way is that best thing is to vote for ST-3 if you believe in it.

        But more important, stay close and vocal to your own elected board members. And do so as an active member of a political party. Which one? Your choice, literally any party. Including one you form. Just so your rep knows your suggested pro-elevator-repair motion has at least a “Second.”

        Calvin? A lot of police action now includes finding cell-space for their own poor compatriots who have gone around the bend from running Washington State’s only real mental health system. Granted, these incidents doubtless happen in LINK stations, resulting in accurate signs.

        But I think the morale of every good officer takes a hit every time somebody unjustly accuses the Department of covering up the fact that driver training doesn’t include use of the left-hand mirror on the right side of a LINK track.

        Or that walking while texting and listening to post 1970’s rock and roll gets trains T-boned by pedestrians. So best thing is to make your ST Board Member’s re-election contingent on preventing things that don’t make either false police-activity signs or true ones tempting.


    2. Welcome to the blog!

      Sounds Transit’s escalator struggles might be attributed to a regional backlog of escalator repairs, as ST contacts it out to companies like Kone. At least the escalators are being actively worked on in some areas and are blocked off so people don’t trip on them when they use them as stairs.

      Also, UW Station was overbuilt specifically to handle Huskies games, with plenty of room for barriers and passenger flow like we saw Friday.

      1. I think LINK station vertical passenger handling counts as public transit as much as trains do. Anybody with elevator and escalator machinery reading this? Incidentally…same goes for aerial tramways, which share a lot in common with them. Glenn, any idea how to get in touch with the operating people in Portland?

        But from same memory shelf as PCC streetcars and the Electroliner, next consulting contract should be fact-finding as to whether elevator operations, and repairs, didn’t work better with an operator in a visor cap on a wood stool in every car.

        Definitely permanent source of non-Artificial Intelligence as to minute to minute conditions. Perfect example, incidentally of transit work that a human can do better than a circuit board. Wonder what code is for “(Whatever Gender) Underwear?” The exact kind of un-degreed work whose disappearance explains every single dangerous social problem we’ve got.

        Not kidding about that.

        Confession, though. I always thought that when I got current medical seniority, I could finally pick the Empire State Building. Or some Seattle work besides the Smith Tower.

        So Local 587 should definitely start partisan-politically (whether anybody Prefers it or not) working on their transit officials to revive some Represented positions. Elevators can have “Express” signs too. And ORCA will work great with readers with bronze lions on them.


    3. Thanks Bruce for the information. It would be worth it for STB to do some investigative reporting on all the problems at UW station. What’s wrong with the escalators? Why did so many of them break so soon? (If that’s the reason they’re often stopped and/or closed.) What’s the estimated time for getting them repaired? Is ST not concerned that sending people to the elevators or the other side will make them overuse elevators in the future?

    4. Part of it is people not being used to post-event crowds at transit stations here. At any station I’ve ever used following a game at the adjacent stadium (including in New York), there is always a wait to enter a station and then to board a train, assuming the game is close and everybody leaves at once. Generally it clears relatively quickly (dependent on many factors), but the simple math of several thousand people trying to board trains all at once mean there will be some delays. People will get used to it; at Husky Stadium perhaps they’ll stay to see the band’s post-game show or to take their time wandering out–when you’re on the bus shuttle you get out pretty much as soon as you can to make sure you get one. With the train that’s no longer an issue. Just wait a bit and you’ll get on.

  3. One thing to note: If you do not have a driver’s license (as is more likely among readers of the Seattle Transit Blog than the general internet population), then you have to register in person.

    1. I checked with the county elections office. The Washington-state-issued photo ID can be used just the same as a Washington-state-issued drivers licence. The signature on that card, which the state has on electronic file, is the key.

      Thanks for raising the question.

    2. When you get or renew the card I think they ask you if you want to register to vote along with it. If so they just enter it into the database and it’s done.

    3. I registered to vote when I got my state ID 10 years ago, and never had any problems. When I moved last year, it was a cinch to update the address with the state and county too. Definitely make sure that your registration is updated if you have moved though!

      1. Yes, make sure your registration is updated when you move. The Dept. of Elections will inactivate your registration if they have any mail bounce back or if they receive notice from USPS that you have moved. It only takes a phone call to confirm your new, correct address or provide your new address thru, but until you have notified the Elections Dept., your registration will be inactive and no ballot will be mailed to you.

  4. I live in North Kirkland and have been attempting for months to get a yard sign in favor of ST3. One would certainly assume support in the area of King County is valued. Signs against It are easy to find. Contacting a live human on the topic is near impossible, as well. The apparent weak campaign, bodes poorly for the November outcome.

    1. At events, you can get one for a donation.

      But I agree. I don’t understand why there aren’t more signs. Then again, I’m not a political pro. The No signs are everywhere because the local GOP are busy distributing them. It’s a cheap GOTV strategy when they don’t want to talk about Trump and Bryant.

      Maybe yard signs don’t matter (there’s some research that they don’t do very much), but the casual impression on seeing No signs everywhere is that there’s a groundswell against ST3. Does such a lopsided impression make a difference? One side has chosen not to compete in the yard signs wars. Hopefully they know what they’re doing.

      1. I think most people would agree that they don’t really bother looking at political signs. Mostly because they tend to blend into scenery with the other million political signs plastered all over the city when election season rolls around. Along with, people are focused on driving.
        What has surprised more so is no ads for Yes on ST3 have really popped up on say tv or radio. The places where you would reach most of the populace in the region.

  5. Engineer, this is the most important transit-related comment I’ve ever seen in these pages since I started reading Seattle Transit Blog. And excellent advice for citizens in general.

    Right now, I’m encouraging young people to call district offices of either of the two major political parties and ask who their precinct committee representative is. Good chance is, nobody, ’til you take exactly the job listed here.

    I see the two big ones as large solid buildings, containing the powerful machinery we the people need to run our country. After refitting gears and circuits on both. And replacing the sewer pipes that broke forty years ago and nobody noticed. Hard-hats and haz-mat suits needed.

    Combined with these two, system will be healthier with as many other parties as people want to organize. Permanent ongoing refreshment of ideas and outlook. But important thing is that rugged individual effort as effective as the number of people voluntarily cooperating in it.

    Personal nostalgia, maybe, but I seem to remember that when more workers belonged to labor unions, the less public worry there was about “affordability.” Also that the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel was the work of Republicans and Democrats.

    Fact that County Councilmembers have to put on record the party they “Prefer” indicates an electorate “Afraid” to use their “Government” to get anything “Done!” Starting with not only passing ST-3, but making it “Work.”

    Mark Dublin

    (Prefers that Democratic and Republican Parties be rebuilt from the basements up. So the other parties can stand to be in their neighborhood.)

  6. Thanks, Glenn. Will get onto it. Need reason to visit Portland. Quicker Amtrak ride to Portland than any ride to Seattle.

    And many thanks, Engineer. Next May will be good start time for same item agenda, whatever the Election results. I don’t know if it still does, but for a long time, armed forces basic training started with a mop.

    Oh, and for everybody new coming into politics: “Generations” are from “Madison Avenue”. and concept was to blame for mass conformity in the name of liberation, culminating in polyester leisure suits.

    But “Beat” one was a great post WWII slang reference. Literally, it meant “physically tired” like from pre-post-Industrial jobs like dishwasher (cigarette pack rolled up in T-shirt sleeve type, not Whirpool) or longshoreman.

    But Jack Kerouac context was a response to elders’ scolding and badgering about outlook on life: “Dad, I ain’t got the energy to listen to that crap! I’m beat!”

    But originally, “Generation used into mean “Everybody here right now.” Hate to think about “Millenial Rock.”

    But one modern cohort’s shame is powerfully self-defined, but can be shed with one proud declaration: “Dammit, I’m sixty nine years old! Stop calling me a Baby Boomer!”


  7. October 10 is the deadline to register to vote online (DO IT RIGHT NOW!) or to walk in at a county elections office and register, in order to be eligible to vote in the November 8 general election.

    Wrong,if you check out the myvote site you’ll see you can register in person up to Oct. 31st.

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