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King County is the largest jurisdiction in the United States to conduct all elections by mail. The county has 1.28 million registered voters, a number that continues to grow each month. It is the 13th-most populated county in the country and home to one third of Washington’s voters.

Led by Julie Wise, King County Elections is staffed by approximately 70 dedicated full-time employees who have a strong sense of pride and commitment to the work they perform. Working with the Executive and Council, Elections has implemented more than 300 reforms since 2004. We have an ongoing commitment to establish open and transparent processes.

King County Elections conducts accurate, secure and accessible elections, providing an important opportunity for county voters to participate in their government. The countywide vote-by-mail system allows us to provide outstanding service to residents, including the opportunity for public observation. Visitors are welcome to tour the 360-degree observation loop during business hours.

King County Elections is a well-respected leader within the elections community for its programs, outreach and education, accessible voting advocacy and technology innovations. Voters can confirm their registration and track their ballots’ progress online. We also provide online candidate filing, with more than 90 percent of candidates now filing on the Web.

King County produces all voting materials in English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Spanish. The county also employs a full-time translation staff to assist voters.

Vision

To be the leader in providing inclusive elections.

Mission

We conduct fair, open and accurate elections.

2016 - 2018 Priorities

Voter Access

Actively identify and work to remove barriers to voting at both the individual and community level.

Relationships

Strengthen relationships with community and governmental partners.

Employee Development

Create a culture of professional growth and development, openness and inclusion.

King County Elections: A Timeline

  • 2016

    For the first time King County Elections received and processed more than 1 million ballots in the November general election. More than half of those ballots arrived via a ballot drop box rather than the mail. [More]

  • 2015

    During the 2015 primary election, the Secretary of State's office completed a mandated 5-year procedural review of King County Elections to ensure compliance with 77 state statutes, 63 state rules and three pieces of federal legislation. [More]

    Julie Wise is elected as Director of King County Elections.

  • 2012

    Sherril Huff becomes the first elected Director of King County Elections.

  • 2009

    First election year that Washington state becomes entirely vote-by-mail.

    Elections launches our online mail ballot tracker, allowing voters to track their ballot’s progress online, verifying its location at three different points. [More]

  • 2008

    King County citizens vote to make the elections director an elected position. Elections director was previously an appointed position.

    Last year that polling sites are used.

  • 2006

    Online candidate filing is available.

    King County Elections established the Disability Advisory Committee to provide feedback, input about new voting equipment, and how to best reach their community. As a result, input from a community advisory committee became Washington State law and a requirement of every county.

    The National Association for County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks awards King County Elections the “Best Practice Award” for mail ballot processing, specifically the significant efforts to improve ballot count accuracy and implement nationally recognized quality control standards, such as Lean Six Sigma goals.

  • 2005

    King County is the first county in the state to offer an online guide allowing voters to verify their registration and create a customized, address-specific voters pamphlet with candidate races and measures from the convenience of their personal computer.

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