Do I have to prove U.S. citizenship to register to vote?

To register to vote in Washington state, you must attest in a signed statement that you are a U.S. citizen and eligible to vote. You must also provide a form of identification. Common identification includes a Washington state driver’s license or state-issued ID number, or the last four digits of a Social Security number.


A person who submits false citizenship on their voter registration application or votes as a non-citizen is guilty of a class C felony. If a person illegally registers and votes, they also jeopardize attaining citizenship in the future.


Voting requirements are stated in plain language on registration forms and ballot envelopes. Voters affirm their eligibility by signing the ballot declaration during each election.


Snohomish County Elections provides translation services for non-English speaking citizens. If you need help understanding any part of the voting process, please call us at (425) 388-3444.

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1. How do I register to vote?
2. Am I eligible to register to vote?
3. Do I have to prove U.S. citizenship to register to vote?
4. How do I change my political party preference?
5. Will I be called for jury duty if I am registered to vote?
6. What districts or precinct do I live in?
7. How do I cancel my registration or the registration of family member?
8. What should I do about my voter registration if I move?
9. Are voter registration records accurate?
10. I was convicted of a felony. What happens to my voter status?
11. How soon before my 18th birthday can I register to vote?
12. When is the deadline to register to vote?