Voting in Washington
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Washington uses a blanket primary system, meaning that all candidates compete in the same primary election, regardless of party affiliation. The two who receive the most votes then advance to the general election. This also means the primary is an open primary, meaning that citizens do not need to register for a specific party to vote in the primary.
To vote in Washington, you must meet the following requirements:
- A citizen of the United States;
- A legal resident of Washington State;
- At least 18 years old by Election Day;
- Not under the authority of the Department of Corrections; and
- Not disqualified from voting due to a court order.
When and where
You can register to vote online, by mail, or in-person at your county elections department. Registration must be completed 29 days in advance if by mail or online. If registering in person, it must be done 8 days prior to the election. 
As of December 2013, Washington is one of the 13 states that have implemented online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website
Voting on election day
Voting in Washington is done by mail.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
Washington uses an exclusively vote by mail system. Therefore there is no need for absentee balloting.
Washington is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 18 days before an election and ends on the day prior to election day. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.