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Polling hours extension


In Washington, "polls must be kept open from seven o'clock a.m. to eight o'clock p.m." RCW 29A.44.070. Washington statutes require votes cast after regular polling hours to be cast provisionally and kept separate from other provisional ballots as well. RCW 29A.44.265. The statute makes clear that it does not by itself authorize such extension but only provides rules for when such a court order is issued. Washington law has no election-specific emergency provisions.

"All qualified electors who are at the polling place at eight o'clock p.m., shall be allowed to cast their votes." RCW 29A.44.070.

Information for Washington

Special Features

Institutional Arrangements

Voter Registration


Provisional Ballots

Early and Absentee Voting

Voting Technology

Polling Place Operations

Ballot Security

Emergency Preparedness

Post-Election Processes