Deadlines on horizon for voter registration


Skate the vote

If you’re not one to procrastinate and you like to skate, the Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls are hosting Skate the Vote today.

The nonpartisan Skate the Vote at the Village Church Youth Center, at the corner of Eighth and Bade streets, will run from 2-4 p.m.

All are invited to skate with their favorite derby girls and exercise the right to vote. Admission is free with a valid voter ID card or you can register to vote right at the door. Children under 18 are welcome to join their adult guardians for an afternoon of fun. No skates, no worries. There are skates for all sizes available at the venue, organizers say.

WALLA WALLA — Want to vote in November’s election? If you haven’t already, you’ll need to register by Oct. 29.

Here’s how:

If you want to register online you have until Oct. 8. You can simply go to, the Washington Secretary of State’s MyVote Web page. If you’re already registered to vote but forgot, the site will tell you where you’re registered. Don’t live there anymore? You can fix that online.

If you’re registering in this state for the first time, you’ll need to provide your first and last names and birth date and have a current Washington driver’s license or state ID card.

If you don’t have a driver’s license or state ID card, you need to register by mail or in person. Mailed-in registrations have the same deadline as those done online, Oct. 8.

If you miss that deadline but are registering for the first time in Washington you get some additional time, but only if you present yourself in person at a county Elections Office by Oct. 29.

For in-person registrations, you’ll need to know the identification number on your Washington driver’s license or state ID card or if you don’t have one, the last four digits of your Social Security number. What election officials are looking for, according to Walla Walla County Auditor Karen Martin, is the digits, not the ID card itself.

But I live in Waitsburg and work in Pasco! How am I supposed to get to the county election office (310 W. Poplar St.) in time?

Luck you. Election officials have agreements with Columbia and Franklin counties so Walla Walla County residents can turn up at these locales to register.

Columbia County’s office is at 314 E. Main St. in Dayton and is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Franklin County’s office is at 1016 N. Fourth Ave. in Pasco and is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

It is OK to show up during lunch hours, as neither office closes at midday.

If you have needs more complicated than getting from A to B by a specific date, call the Elections Office at 524-2530 or go to, where you can find out all kinds of information, such as where to drop off ballots if you want to save a stamp, how you can access a voting machine designed for voters with disabilities or special needs, maps, candidate information and videos — the whole kit and kaboodle.

If you’re looking for the other genus of election information — news coverage of the races, candidates and issues — head to the U-B website, where we have oodles to consume. The site,, also has a link so you can register to vote online. But only through Oct. 8!


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