Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1996 NO. 14 > Aug 16 1996

1.  Election officials may accept, as an application for permanent voter registration in the state of Washington, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form developed by the federal government under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act; acceptance of the form is not mandatory, and the Secretary of State may adopt reasonable regulations governing voter registration requirements  2.  The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form may be treated by election officials as an application for ongoing absentee voter status as set forth in RCW 29.36.013. 3.  The Secretary of State can prescribe reasonable regulations and policies on the forms used and the information included for voter registration purposes in Washington.

AGO 1967 NO. 21 > Jun 15 1967

Persons registering to vote in Washington cannot currently be tested for literacy in the manner provided for in RCW 29.07.070 (13), in view of the provisions of the 1965 federal voting rights act (42 U.S.C., § 1971 (a)).