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Kim van Ekstrom
Chief Communications Officer

Nancy Standifer
Communications Specialist

General contact information

*Election day only, media should call 206-477-4111 for assistance or to schedule interviews or videography.


Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Election day from 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Visiting Us

Please call ahead so that we can accommodate your visit and arrange for media badges to be prepared. Remember that blue and black pens are not allowed in many areas of the building. Red pens are fine – they can’t be viewed by our ballot scanning machines and ensure the vote processing area remains secure.

Get directions to our office.

Facts about the February 2016 special election

Active registered voters as of January 26, 2016 627,060
Turnout forecast 31%
Measures on the ballot
View ballot return statistics

January 8: Ballot tracker goes live on the web site.

January 11: Voter registration deadline (mail and online).

January 20: Ballots mailed. Voting begins as soon as citizens receive their ballot. Tour loop opens for visitors.

February 1: Voter registration deadline if not registered to vote in Washington; citizens must register to vote in person.

February 9: Election day. Ballots must be returned at a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on election day or be postmarked on or before February 9.

February 19: County certification of results.

See the elections calendar for more dates.

Each local voters' pamphlet will contain measures specific to a voters jurisdiction and will be inserted inside the ballot packet that is mailed to all registered voters.

Voters can view a personalized voters' pamphlet online.

The print edition will also be available online.

Information about measures are also available online.

Any registered voter can use the online ballot marking program.

If a voter's ballot is damaged or lost, voters may mark their ballot on a computer, print it out and return it by fax, standard mail or email before the 8 p.m. election day deadline.

Overseas and service voters may request to permanently receive their ballot using this program.

Results will be posted ONCE on election night.

At 8:15 p.m., we will report the results from all ballots scanned and tabulated by 8:00 p.m. on election night.

Results will be released by 4:30 p.m. on subsequent weekdays until the election is certified on February 19. Please note we may not post results every day. See the Results Posting Schedule.

Final results will be official once the election is certified on February 19.

King County Elections produces a detailed election results report with precinct-by- precinct results after the certification of every election.

The earlier ballots are returned by voters, the more time there is to resolve any signature issues that may occur. This also provides for more efficient processing of ballots and more results available to report on election night.

Voters who haven’t received a ballot should call 206-296-VOTE (8683) right away.

Voters with questions can call 206-296-VOTE (8683)
  • Weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Election day, February 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Our office is at 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton

  • Open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Open election day, February 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If mailed, ballots must be postmarked no later than February 9.

For ballots returned to a drop-off location, the deadline is 8 p.m. on election day, February 9.

  • 4 drop boxes are open 24 hours a day from January 21 until 8 p.m. on February 9.
  • 12 drop-off vans are open:
    • Saturday, February 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Monday, February 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Election day, February 9, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 3 accessible voting centers are open to all voters.

Local registered voters can vote for the ballot measure applicable to their jurisdiction. The list of measures are available on the King County Elections website.

Recent news releases


Watch your mailbox for Special Election ballots
King County Elections mailed ballots Wednesday, January 20, to about 625,000 registered voters for the February 9 Special Election.


November 2015 General Election Recount Update
King County Elections has completed the tally work for the City of Seattle Council District No. 1 recount.


Updated: General Election Final Results and Recount
Election results certified; recount begins next week.


One set of results to be posted today due to technical issues
The next elections results report is scheduled for 7 p.m.; the scheduled 4:30 pm results posting was cancelled due to technical problems with our scanning and adjudication system.


Voting in general election wraps up today
Voters have until 8 p.m. today to return their ballots to a drop box, scheduled ballot drop-off van or accessible voting center. Mailed ballots, by law, must be postmarked by today.

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