All ballots in the State of Washington are cast by mail. Overall 4,087,631 ballots were cast in the 2020 election, putting overall state turnout at about 81.48%. The state swung heavily for President Joe Biden, who won its 12 electoral votes with 57.97% of the popular vote. Washington has consistently voted for Democrat presidential candidates since 1988.
Washington has a bicameral legislature with 49 senators and 98 delegates. The legislative sessions are held annually staring the second Monday in January – lasting 60 in even-numbered years and 105 days in odd-numbered ones, and Democrats have held the majority in both chambers since 2018. Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee (D), is eligible for re-election in 2022.