Why are there so few candidates on my ballot? Not all candidates appear in the August Primary. The purpose of the Primary is to narrow the field of candidates in each race to just two candidates. The top two vote getters in each primary race will move on to the General Election in November (Exception: partisan races participate in the Primary regardless of the number of candidates). Nonpartisan races with only one or two candidates do not participate in the Primary. Candidates are elected to the office in the November General Election. Primary FAQs.
For ballot measures or questions, the vote results from the Primary are final.
July 3 - Last day to register or update registration online (myvote.wa.gov) or by mail
July 12 - Voters’ pamphlets mailed to all households
July 13 - Ballots mailed to registered voters
July 24 - Last day for new Washington voters to register in person