Voting in Washington
Voting in 2014 Primaries
Ballot access for major and minor party candidates
Absentee voting • Early voting
Open Primary • Closed Primary • Blanket Primary
Online voter registration in the 50 states
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 August 2014, Washington is one of the 15 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 is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election.
Absentee and early voting
Washington uses a vote by mail system. As such, there are no explicit absentee and early voting procedures.
- Washington Secretary of State, "Voter Eligibility," accessed June 10, 2014
- Washington Secretary of State, "Voters," accessed June 10, 2014
- Vote411.org, "Voting in Washington," accessed January 3, 2014
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
- Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
- Washington Secretary of State, "Vote by Mail," accessed December 16, 2013