Voting in Washington
Energy • Environment • Fracking • Public education • Higher education • School choice • Charter schools • Public pensions • State budget and finances • Taxes • Voting • Ballot access • Redistricting
|Election policy on Policypedia|
| State poll times (2015) |
| Voting in the 2015 primary elections |
| Voting in the 2015 general elections |
|Voter identification laws by state|
|Voting information by state|
For full information about voting in Washington, contact your 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 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
- 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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Washington + Voting"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
Elections in Washington
- Washington elections, 2016
- Washington elections, 2015
- Washington elections, 2014
- Washington elections, 2013
- 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
State of Washington
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | State Auditor | Superintendent of Public Instruction | Commissioner of Insurance | Director of Agriculture | Commissioner of Public Lands | Director of Labor and Industries | Chairman of Utilities and Transportation |