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Governor:1(Term Limit: None; 4-year term)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 3)
2000 Census:5,908,684 (2.10% of 281,998,273)
2004, 2008 Electors:11(2.04% of 538)
2002-2010 Representatives:9(2.07% of 435)
2010 Census:6,753,369 (2.18% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electors:12(2.23% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:10(2.30% of 435)
Capital:Olympia
 

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Official Name/Status   All States
 The STATE of Washington
 Status: STATE of the Union
 Organized as a Territory: 2 March 1853. 10 Stat. 172: previously, part of Oregon Territory
 Admitted to the Union as a State: 11 November 1889 upon Proclamation by President Benjamin Harrison (26 Stat. 1552)
  The 42nd state.

Traditional Sections and Regions   All States
 Section: WEST
 Region: Pacific
 Survey: Public Domain

Constitutions   All States     Links to State Constitutions
 Enabling Act (of the Congress of the United States): 22 February 1889 [25 Stat. 676: authorizing formation of a State government and Admission thereafter]
 
1st (1889-) [Adopted: 22 August 1889 Convention convened, 4 July 1889, Ratified: 1 October 1889 ratified by vote of 40,152 to 11,879; effective upon Admission, 11 November 1889]


Executive Branch   All States
 
Chief Executive
  GOVERNOR
Successor to a Vacancy
  Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
 
 
Major Executive Officers Elected Statewide   All States   2017 Office holders
  Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: None
  Lieutenant Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020
  Secretary of State: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020
  Attorney General: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020
  Treasurer: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020
  Auditor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020
  Commissioner of Public Lands: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020
  Insurance Commissioner: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020
  Superintendent of Public Instruction: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020

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Legislature
  LEGISLATURE
 
Upper House
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Lower House
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Court of Last Resort
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Intermediate Appellate Court
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Local Government
 
   
PRIMARY CIVIL DIVISION  All States
  County [Type: Strong, Executive and Legislative: BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS]
 MINOR CIVIL DIVISION  All States
   precinct [Type: None, Executive and Legislative: no associated governmental structure]
 
Incorporated Municipalities  All States
   

Statutory Election Information   All States
 
General Election   All States
  Tuesday next after 1st Monday in November
[Revised Code of [before 2007: WA 29.13.010; beginning in 2007: RCW 29A.04.321, in accordance with WA Constitution: Article II, Section 5]
Presidential Primary   All States
  (--2011) 4th Tuesday in May of Presidential Election years... however, the Secretary of State may propose an alternative date no later than 1 August of the preceding year
[Revised Code of WA 29.19.020(1) RCW 29A.56.020(1)]... or
a Major Party state committee may propose an alternative date no later than 1 September of the preceding year
[Revised Code of WA 29.19.020(2) RCW 29A.56.020(2)]... provided
that any such alternative date then be approved by two-thirds vote of a committee- one consisting of the Secretary of State (who chairs said committee), the chair and vice-chair of each Major Party and the Party leaders of each house of the Legislature- no later than 1 October of the preceding year.
[Revised Code of WA 29.19.020(3) RCW 29A.56.020(3)]
  (2011--) 4th Tuesday in May of Presidential Election years... however, the Secretary of State may propose an alternative date no later than 1 August of the preceding year [Revised Code of WA - RCW 29A.56.020 Sec. 1. (1)]
... or a Major Party state committee may propose an alternative date no later than 1 September of the preceding year [Revised Code of WA - RCW 29A.56.020 Sec. 1. (2)]
... provided that any such alternative date then be approved by two-thirds vote of a committee- one consisting of the Secretary of State (who chairs said committee), the chair and vice-chair of each Major Party and the Party leaders of each house of the Legislature- no later than 1 October of the preceding year. [Revised Code of WA - RCW 29A.56.020 Sec. 1.(3)]
... No presidential primary may be held in 2012 ... [Revised Code of WA - RCW 29A.56.020 Sec. 1. (5)]
... Section 1 of this act expires January 1, 19 2013. [Revised Code of WA - RCW 29A.56.020 Sec. 2. (1)]
State Primary   All States
  (--2006) 3d Tuesday in September or 7th Tuesday next preceding the General Election, whichever occurs first
[Revised Code of WA 29.13.070]
  (2007-2011) 3rd Tuesday in August [RCW 29A.04.311]
  (2012--) Primaries ... must be held on the first Tuesday of ... August. [RCW 29A.04.311]
Polling times   All States
  When voting at a polling place:
Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 8 PM local time
[Revised Code of WA 29.13.080, Recodified RCW 29A.44.070 effective 1 July 2004]
When voting by mail:
"If mailed, a ballot must be postmarked not later than the date of the ... election. Otherwise, the ballot must be ... at ... the designated place ... not later than 8:00 p.m." [RCW 29A.48.050]


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  Christian Liberty Party of Washington
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  Constitution Party of Washington State
  Green Party of Washington
  Human Life of Washington
  Libertarian Party of Washington State
  Socialist Alternative
  The Unity Party of Washington
Media & others
  KING TV - Seattle
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  More Voter Choice
  Northwest Daily Marker - Redmond
  PNWLocalNews - Western Washington News, Sports, Entertainment
  Politics1.com - Washington
  Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  Sound Politics - Seattle - Puget Sound
  Spokane Valley Online
  The Bellingham Herald
  The Chronicle - Centralia
  The Daily Herald - Everett
  The Daily News - Longview
  The News Tribune - Tacoma
  The Olympian - Olympia
  The Seattle Times
  The Spokesman-Review - Spokane
  Tri-City Herald - Kennewick - Pasco - Richland
  Washington Voter - League of Women Voters of Washington
  Yakima Herald-Republic
 
 


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