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Primary Election Day

Drop boxes close promptly at 8:00 p.m.

How the Primary Works

A primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party’s candidate for elected office to run in the general election. They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders. Primaries are state-level and local-level elections that take place prior to a general election. Washington utilizes a top-two primary. 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.


Poll Times

Washington is a mail-in ballot state and does not have polling places. County election officials can provide information about voting centers/election offices.

Registration Requirements

To vote in Washington, one must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Washington, and at least 18 years of age.

One may register to vote online, by mail, or in-person at a county elections department. Registration must be completed 29 days in advance if done by mail or online. If registering in person, registration must be completed eight days prior to the election.

In 2018, Washington lawmakers adopted legislation providing for same-day voter registration and automatic voter registration beginning in 2019.


Online Registration

Washington has implemented an online voter registration system. Residents can register to vote by visiting this website.


Voter ID Requirements

Washington is a vote-by-mail state; as such, identification is generally not required of voters.


Absentee and Early Voting

Washington uses a vote-by-mail system. As such, there are no explicit absentee and early voting procedures.