By Nicole Martinson
Millions already have registered to vote in Washington state. But for those who haven’t, today is the day to get to it. It’s National Voter Registration Day and it is a reminder to eligible voters across the nation to make sure they’re registered and their information is up to date.
Washington state makes it easy for voters. Once a voter registers, a ballot will be mailed to the address she designates — there’s no need to make a special request for a mail-in ballot.
To check to make sure you’re registered at your current address, visit votewa.gov. If you’re not registered, you’ll be able to do so in a couple minutes on that webpage. For more information and assistance, visit vote.org.
As a further nudge to others to get registered, you might consider accentuating your outfits with reminders. Michelle Obama did it when she wore a necklace spelling the word V-O-T-E at the Democratic National Conventional as a silent nod to all who tuned in. Browse similar merch from these local (and not so local) brands to encourage friends and family to vote this year.
‘I Vote Because They Spoke’ Tote
This tote honors the right to vote with portraits of a dozen suffragists who fought for such. The words “I vote because they spoke,” are printed under drawings of legendary suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and Ida B. Wells.
Boma ‘Vote’ Jewelry
Sterling silver and 14k gold earrings and necklaces from Boma Jewelry spell it out simply. This minimalist collection of “vote” jewelry can fit with any outfit while suggesting to anyone who sees it to share their voice.
‘All The Cool Kids Are Doing It’ Sticker
Eastside native Tala Fry encourages her fellow young people to register and hold themselves accountable for sharing their voice when they’re able. With the help of a “register to vote” sticker or t-shirt designed by Fry, you can remind your peers that all the cool kids are doing it.
Floral ‘Vote’ Face Mask
A simple reminder to stay masked up and vote comes by way of this floral face mask from Sew Eco Mercantile. The cotton mask is hand-sewn by middle school teacher and mom Keiko in Renton alongside masks in other colors and patterns.
Women’s Suffrage ‘Vote’ Pin
On the centennial anniversary year of the American women’s first vote in 1920, this enamel pin encourages voting and celebrates women’s rights as they have progressed in the past century.
Seattle Sounders ‘Vote’ T-Shirt
The Sounders teamed with local artist and activist Teddy Phillips to share this colorful and black t-shirt embellished with “vote” or “vota.” Earnings from the shirts will go to the RAVE Foundation Community Youth Relief Fund to help young people and their communities during the pandemic.