Washington elections, 2013
- Signature filing deadline: January 4 (Initiative to the Legislature) and July 5 (Initiative to the People)
|On the 2013 ballot|
Exceptions include special elections.
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State Senate District 26
- Derek Kilmer (D) won election to the U.S. House on November 6, 2012. His term in the state senate runs until 2014. Democratic precinct committee officers chose Nathan Schlicher (D) to fill his seat during the 2013 session and a special election for the rest of his term will be held in November 2013.
- Related: See election information here.
- See also: Absentee Voting
Washington uses an exclusively vote by mail system. Therefore there is no need for absentee balloting.
- See also: Early voting
Washington is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 18 days before an election and ends on the day prior to election day. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
Elections Performance Index
Washington ranked 2nd out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2010 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance assigning an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. The indicators were chosen within the framework of determining the convenience and integrity of each of the three administrative phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Washington received an overall score of 76%.