Most people vote by mail in Washington, but you can even vote in person if you want to!
Most people vote by mail in Washington, but you can even vote in person if you want to! Hill Street Studios/Getty

Sometime late last week you should have received a mostly white envelope in the mail. Inside this envelope is a ballot which you can use to give a middle finger to the Republicans and Trumpians that are trying to destroy our country for their own personal gain.

Have you not received your ballot? If you have not received one by today, Oct. 22, you should stop waiting and assume that one is not going to get to you. But fear not, there are still plenty of ways to vote. Even if you aren't registered. Even if you are lazy and forgot to update your address. Even if you have been convicted of a felony. Even if you lost your ID, YOU CAN STILL VOTE.

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Now that we got that out of the way (You! Can! Still! Vote!) let's figure out your particular situation.

Did you forget to register?

It's not too late to register, even if you have never registered to vote before! You just can't register online. You need to go to the King County Election Commission's office in Renton or Downtown Seattle by this coming Monday, Oct. 29. You need to either bring a Washington ID or give the county the last four digits of your Social Security number.


Did you forget to update your address?

When you move you need to tell the county so they can get the right ballot to your correct address. The deadline for updating your address was Oct. 8, but no worries if you missed that deadline. There are actually a lot of people that appear to have missed that deadline. There are currently 141,298 people, or about 11 percent of all voters in King County, that are considered "inactive," according to Kafia Hosh, a spokesperson for King County Elections. One of the ways you can become "inactive" is by having election mail returned.

"Inactive voters are still eligible to vote and can contact us to send a ballot to them or they can access their ballot through our Online Ballot Marking Program," Hosh said in an email.

That online program is the easiest in my opinion. You just fill out an online ballot, print it out, and then send it to the county by either mail, fax, or you can even scan it and send it in an email.

Don't have access to a printer? You can also vote in person at one of the county's five in-person voting centers.

Did you lose housing since the last election?

If you recently became homeless (or at any point in your life) that has no impact on your constitutional right to vote. If you already are registered you can just use that handy online website to fill out a ballot and return it with your preferred method. Or, if you have never registered to vote in Washington, you should go to the county's election offices in either Renton or Seattle by Oct. 29 to register there. You only need a Washington ID or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

You do not need to prove you have housing to vote. Again, voting is a constitutional right and housing status does not stop constitutional rights. Hosh laid it out for me in an email:

"We only needs an intersection, landmark, park, shelter or other identifiable location to register someone who lacks a traditional address... A mailing address is required for a non-traditional address since we still need somewhere to mail your ballot. Organizations such as the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness offer mail service for people experiencing homelessness."

Did you lose your ballot?

I have a soft spot in my heart for people that lose things, probably because I misplace things more often than most people do. But being careless is not a reason for not voting, so even if you have lost or destroyed the ballot you received in the mail it is still very easy to vote.

Just print out a new ballot and return it to the county, or head to one of the county's accessible voting centers to vote in person.

Do you need help filling out a ballot?

The county's five accessible voting centers are open (although only intermittently) up until the final day of voting on Nov. 6 and can help people fill out a ballot.

You know what else can help make your ballot process easy? The SECB's endorsement cheat sheet.

Have you been convicted of a felony?
There's a pervasive myth in America that felons cannot vote. This is completely wrong. If you have been convicted of a felony you can vote as soon as you are out of prison and no longer on probation. You do, however, need to re-register once you are eligible again. If you have been convicted of a felony it is not too late to re-register, you will just need to go in person to the county's election office in either Renton or Seattle by Oct. 29.

Hosh told me that you do not any special documentation like a "certificate of discharge (COD)" to register. You just need to show up in person. Before Oct. 29. At the King County Election office in Renton or Seattle.

Are you overseas?

Did you end up out of state during this entire election season? First off—I salute you in going on an extended vacation. Second—you don't need to worry. Just print off your ballot online and then email, fax, or mail your ballot into the county.

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See, it's easy. Even if you haven't gotten a ballot in the mail when you should have and even if you have never registered or voted before, it's not too late to vote.

Not sure what to vote for? Our Stranger Election Control Board has benevolently provided all the information you need to make a decision informed by the only people that should matter to you: the Stranger Election Control Board.

Just, please, vote.