Voting in Washington
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For full information about voting in Washington, contact the state election agency.
To vote in Washington, you must be:
—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.
As of May 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
- See also: Voter identification laws by state
Washington is a vote-by-mail state.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
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.
Absentee and early voting
Washington uses a vote-by-mail system. As such, there are no explicit absentee and early voting procedures.
Election policy ballot measures
elections and campaigns
|Not on ballot|
Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Washington.
- Washington County Auditors Appointments, Referendum 32 (1973)
- Washington County Classifications for County Elections, Amendment to Article XI Sec. 5 (1924)
- Washington Durational Residency Requirement, SJR 143 (1974)
- Washington Elections for Legislative Vacancies, SJR 138 (1986)
- Washington Electoral College Reform Measure, Initiative 1380 (2015)
- Washington Governor Vacancy Limitation, Referendum 35 (1975)
- Washington Legislative Reapportionment and Redistricting Act, Initiative 199 (1956)
- Washington Limit on Campaign Contributions, Initiative 134 (1992)
- Washington Limits on Campaign Expenditures, Initiative 276 (1972)
- Washington Non-Partisan Elections for School Superintendents, Initiative 126 (1938)
- Washington Notice of Amendments on Ballot, SJR 25 (1962)
- Washington Party Conventions, Referendum 15 (1922)
- Washington Party Conventions, Referendum 5 (1916)
- Washington Permanent Registration of Voters, Initiative 58 (1932)
- Washington Primary Nominations and Registration, Referendum 14 (1922)
- Washington Qualification of Voters for Indebtedness, Amendment to Article VI Sec. 1 (1916)
- Washington Regulating Campaign Financing, Referendum 25 (1972)
- Washington State Legislative Redistricting, Initiative 57 (1930)
- Washington Superior Court Judge Elections, SJR 6 (1966)
- Washington Top Two Primaries, Initiative 872 (2004)
- Washington Vacancies in Office, HJR 4206 (2003)
- Washington Vacancies in State Legislature, SJR 14 (1956)
- Washington Voter Approval for Energy Project Bonds, Initiative 394 (1981)
- Washington Voter Approval of Excess School Tax Levies, HJR 22 (1985)
- Washington Voter Qualifications for Presidential Elections, HJR 4 (1966)
- Washington Voter Registration by Mail, Referendum 39 (1977)
- Washington Voter Residency Requirement Amendment, SJR 8205 (2011)
- Washington Voters' Pamphlet, SJR 9 (1962)
- Washington Voting Age of 19, HJR 6 (1970)
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Elections in Washington
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- Washington elections, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "Voter Eligibility," accessed June 10, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Washington Secretary of State, "Voters," accessed June 10, 2014
- Vote411.org, "Voting in Washington," accessed January 26, 2015
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "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
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