Homeless Voter Registration and Education:
Every Voter Counts!
Every Fall and Spring we work to make sure that every eligible voter can register, vote, and participate fully in the democratic process, regardless of where she sleeps at night or whether he has a way to receive mail. In Washington State, almost all voting is now done by mail. This poses a serious obstacle for many folks who may not have a stable residential or mailing address where they can register and receive a ballot and election guide. The Coalition develops a comprehensive and unique Homeless Voters’ Guide each year for use by our members and volunteer registrars who help people register and vote. We include crucial information about the 2009 state law that automatically restores voting rights for people with felony convictions who have completed their prison sentences and are no longer under community supervision by the State Department of Corrections (DOC).
Our non-partisan Homeless Voter Registration and Education Drive is a rewarding volunteer opportunity. We provide volunteer training, and schedule 2-3 hour shifts in the community at locations where people who are homeless go for services. Volunteers can help out during day and evening hours, seven days a week. Volunteers are needed both to help people register in our voter registration drives preparing for the August Primary and November General Elections, and to help Get Out The Vote in the days leading up to the deadline to vote.
In 2019 the Primary Election is on Tuesday, August 6 and the General Election is on Tuesday, November 5. The Coalition’s voter registration drives will have events throughout the year with major focuses in July and September/October. Contact vote[at]homelessinfo[dot]org to get involved and visit our volunteer page to learn of any current Voting volunteer opportunities.