Center for Civic Engagement

Cougs Vote

Voting is part of being an active citizen, and your vote can make a difference. For instance, in the 2004 race for governor in Washington, Christine Gregoire won by only 129 votes, and only 60% of eligible citizens voted!

What would have happened if one student group campaigned at WSU for a different candidate? The outcome of this race could have been very different.

Your vote. Your voice. Be heard.

Cougs Vote is an ongoing democratic engagement campaign to help students register to vote, stay aware of upcoming voter deadlines, and become more informed and involved with issues they're passionate about.

2017 Washington Election Dates

April Special Election
  • Online voter registration deadline: March 27
  • Start of voting period: April 7
  • In-person voter registration deadline: April 17
  • Election Day (Ballots due): April 25
  • Online voter registration deadline: July 3
  • Start of voting period: July 14
  • In-person voter registration deadline: July 24
  • Election Day (Ballots due): August 1
General Election
  • Online voter registration deadline: October 9
  • Start of voting period: October 20
  • In-person voter registration deadline: October 30
  • Election Day (Ballots due): November 7
Basic Guidelines
  • Register online at
  • Register in person at your County Auditor's office.
  • You can vote anytime between the start of the voting period (when your ballot is mailed to you) and Election Day.
  • Ballots can be returned via USPS mail with a stamp, to a County Auditor office, or dropped at a Ballot Drop Box. You can look up your drop off locations at
  • You will receive a voter pamphlet in the mail before the voting period begins that provides an overview of your ballot. Your pamphlet can also be viewed online at
  • You can update your address and other information online through the online registration deadline at

News: WSU Receives National Voter Friendly Campus Designation

WSU is one of 83 campuses in 23 states designated as a Voter-Friendly Campus, a national program sponsored by the Campus Vote Project and NASPA.

WSU earned this designation through the system-wide efforts to increase student voter registration, turnout, and engagement in the 2016 Presidential elections. These efforts, organized under the Cougs Vote campaign, included 183 events which engaged 11,567 individuals and registered 1,181 new voters.

Click here to learn more about this prestigious designation.