We received a few questions about voting in Washington State from individuals who are in transitional housing, houseless, or otherwise without a stable street address. They wanted to know: can you vote in Washington if you don’t have a street address?
The answer: YES.
Whether you’re houseless, couch surfing, in between houses, or in treatment for a subtance use or mental health issue, you can register to vote and list your address as a government building, a treatment center, a friend’s house, or pretty much anywhere you consider a place where you could receive mail.
The state law is pretty clear and relaxed when it comes to this fact. It even specifically states that Native individuals without a traditional street address may list their tribal govenrment building or meeting hall.
For more info on how the state defines “residence,” see Article VI, Sections 1 and 4 of the Washington State Constitution, and RCW 29A.04.151.
This late in the election cycle (and during a pandemic), anyone who wishes to vote in the August 4, 2020 election would need to vote in-person at one of the many in-person voter service centers. Here are a few: