Voting in Washington
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To vote in Washington, you must meet the following requirements:
- 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.
As of February 2015, Washington is one of the 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.
Voting on election day
Voting in Washington is done by mail.
- 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.
- Washington Secretary of State, "Voter Eligibility," accessed June 10, 2014
- Washington Secretary of State, "Voters," accessed June 10, 2014
- Vote411.org, "Voting in Washington," accessed January 3, 2014
- 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