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Registration deadline approaching

Washington residents who want to vote in the Aug. 6 primary but aren't registered have until Monday to sign up online or by mail.

Want to register? Click here.

That's the first big deadline for voter registration for the primary. If you miss that, you can still sign up in person by making a trip to the county elections office. Don't know where that is? Click here.

OK, so you think that's a hassle? Sign up online. For information on whether you're eligible, continue inside the blog.

In general, you can register to vote if

* You'll be at least 18 by Aug. 6
* A U.S. citizen. More info here
* A resident of Washington. More info here.
* Not a felon who hasn't had your voting rights restored. More info here.
* Not disqualified from votingfor mental incompetency by a court order. More info here.

So if you can say yes to all of the above, you can vote. You don't have to take a test on civics, pay a poll tax, own property, be a certain gender or race, swear allegiance to a political party, recite the Declaration of Independence or sing the Star Spangled Banner. There may be some people who think you should do one or more of those things, but they don't run things any more.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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