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5 ways to make your vote count in Washington's presidential primary

This year's presidential primary in Washington state works a little differently.

There are changes to this year's presidential primary that Washington voters need to know. This is the first year Washington’s presidential primary will be in March. Last year, the state Legislature moved up the primary to strengthen the state’s role in the national process.

1.) You must choose a party

 Voters must identify as a Republican or Democrat in order to vote in Washington's presidential primary on March 10. If you don't select one, or select both, your vote won't count. 

The Secretary of State's office said this was mandated by the Washington Legislature in the decision to move up the primary. 

Voters must check 'Democrat' or 'Republican' on Washington Primary ballot

2.) Deadlines and signatures

No stamp is required to mail in your ballot, but it must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 10. Drop boxes will close that day at 8 p.m. 

Ballots must include a valid signature to count.

Washington presidential primary ballot have been mailed

3.) Can I still register to vote? 

The deadline for online or mailed voter registrations in Washington's presidential primary is Monday, March 2. 

You can register in person up until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 at your county's elections department. Click for a map

Learn more about voter registration

4.) Can someone else mail my ballot? 

The Secretary of State's office recommends you return your ballot yourself, either by mail or at an official ballot drop box. If you can't return your ballot yourself, only give it to someone you trust.

Where to drop off your stamp-free ballot before election day 

5.) Check the status of my ballot

Now that you've followed the proper steps to vote in Washington's presidential primary, it's time to check the status of your ballot. 

See if your ballot has been processed yet by logging into MyVote and clicking on "Ballot Status."