VOTE: Election 2020
Washington
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Voting

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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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

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

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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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadline for online/mail registration is 10/26.

The deadline for in-person registration is 11/3.

Your state allows any qualified resident to register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day.

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What's on my ballot?

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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 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th 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 January 12, 2017, 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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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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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 13, 2025.

Inslee (Democratic Party) ran for re-election for Governor of Washington. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Inslee also ran for election for President of the United States. He withdrew before the Democratic convention on August 18, 2020.

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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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.