Washington - Open Primaries
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Primary Elections State By State



  • Congressional and state primaries: nonpartisan, Top Two
  • Democratic Presidential primary: mixed
  • Republican Presidential primary: closed


Primary Type Definitions



  • Washington has nonpartisan registration. There is no option to affiliate with a political party on the voter registration form.


Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

  • Washington uses a nonpartisan, Top Two primary system.
  • There is no party affiliation in Washington state.
  • All registered voters receive the same ballot regardless of party affiliation. The the two candidates with the most votes move on to the general election.