VOTE: Election 2020
Washington
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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Washington?
Yes, you can! Voting by mail is the default in Washington.

How do I get my ballot?
Every registered Washington voter will automatically be mailed a ballot—no need to request one.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked and submitted by Election Day (November 3).

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Oct. 16

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
Individuals who prefer to vote in person rather than by mail may do so at voting centers, which are open during business hours for 18 days prior to the election. The voting period ends at 8:00 p.m. on the day of the election.

ID Requirements
Photo identification is required while voting in person.

However, most voters in Washington vote by mail:

Driver's license
State identification card
Student identification card
Tribal identification card
Employer identification card

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Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Biography

Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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Biography

Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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Governor of Washington

Biography

Jay Inslee (Democratic Party) is the Governor of Washington. He assumed office on January 16, 2013. His current term ends on January 11, 2021.

Inslee (Democratic Party) is running for re-election for Governor of Washington. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the primary election on August 4, 2020.

Inslee also ran for election for President of the United States.

On March 1, 2019, Inslee announced that he was running for president of the United States. He suspended his campaign on August 21, 2019.

Prior to becoming governor, he was a legislator in the Washington House of Representatives from 1988 to 1992 and served multiple terms in the U.S. House, representing Washington's 1st Congressional District from 1993 to 1995 and again from 1999 to 2012.

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Biography

Loren Culp (Republican Party) is running for election for Governor of Washington. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the primary election on August 4, 2020.

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Initiatives

Washington Advisory Vote 32
Nonbinding Question on Carryout Bag Tax (2020)
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A maintain vote supports advising the legislature to maintain Senate Bill 5323, which was designed to levy a tax on certain carryout bags provided by retailers.

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A repeal vote supports advising the legislature to repeal Senate Bill 5323, which was designed to levy a tax on certain carryout bags provided by retailers.

Washington Advisory Vote 33
Nonbinding Question on Heavy Equipment Rental Tax (2020)
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A maintain vote supports advising the legislature to maintain Senate Bill 5628, which was designed to levy a tax on heavy equipment rentals.

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A repeal vote supports advising the legislature to repeal Senate Bill 5628, which was designed to levy a tax on heavy equipment rentals.

Washington Advisory Vote 34
Nonbinding Question on Business and Occupation Tax Rate Increase and Surcharge Decrease (2020)
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A maintain vote supports advising the legislature to maintain Senate Bill 6492, which was designed to increase the business and occupation tax rate and reduce certain surcharges.

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A repeal vote supports advising the legislature to repeal Senate Bill 6492, which was designed to increase the business and occupation tax rate and reduce certain surcharges.
Washington Advisory Vote 35
Nonbinding Question on Business and Occupation Tax Rate Increase on Commercial Airplane Manufacturers (2020)
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A maintain vote supports advising the legislature to maintain Senate Bill 6690, which was designed to increase the business and occupation tax rate on commercial airplane manufacturers.

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A repeal vote supports advising the legislature to repeal Senate Bill 6690, which was designed to increase the business and occupation tax rate on commercial airplane manufacturers.

Washington Referendum 90
Sex Education in Public Schools Measure (2020)
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A vote to approve Referendum 90 supports allowing Senate Bill 5395 to take effect, thereby requiring public schools to provide comprehensive sexual health education for all students and requiring students to be excused if requested by their parents.

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A vote to reject Referendum 90 opposes allowing Senate Bill 5395 to take effect, thereby not requiring that public schools provide comprehensive sexual health education to all students.

Washington Senate Joint Resolution 8212
Authorize Fund Investment of Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Account Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports allowing the Washington Legislature to invest the Long-Term Care Services and Supports Trust Account into stocks or other methods of investment.

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A "no" vote opposes allowing the Washington Legislature to invest the Long-Term Care Services and Supports Trust Account into stocks or other methods of investment, thereby limiting the methods of investment for the accounts to government and corporate bonds and certificates of deposit.