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Voting in Washington

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Washington permits online voter registration. Washington is one of only three states utilizing a vote-by-mail system for all elections. The state is also one of three that utilizes a blanket primary system.

For full information about voting in Washington, contact your state election agency.

Registration

To vote in Washington, you must be:[1]

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A legal resident of Washington State;
  • At least 18 years old by Election Day;
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order; and
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.[2]

—Washington Secretary of State

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.[3]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of March 2015, Washington is one of 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

Washington is a vote-by-mail state.

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

Washington is a mail-in ballot state and does not have polling places. Your county election officials can provide information about voting centers/election offices.[4]

Primary voting

Washington is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system. All candidates may run and all voters may vote for any candidate. The two candidates receiving the most votes, regardless of party affiliation, move on to the general election.[5][6][7]

Absentee and early voting

See also: Absentee voting and Early voting

Washington uses a vote-by-mail system. As such, there are no explicit absentee and early voting procedures.[8]

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