Voting in Washington

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This page has information relating to voting in Washington. For full information contact your state election agency.

Registration

To vote in Washington, you must meet the following requirements:[1]

  • 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.[2]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of December 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.

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.[3]

Primary voting

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.[4][5][6]

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.[7]

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