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See democracy in action! You can walk the 1/5 mile “loop” circling our ballot processing area. See every step a ballot takes, from signature verification to opening to scanning.

Contact Susan Southard to schedule a guided group tour:

The King County Elections office offers a viewing loop for the public to take a self-guided tour without an appointment to observe the election process in action. Download the tour map .

The viewing loop is open during business hours April 3 - May 5 with extended hours on election days. Reservations are not necessary for this self-guided tour.

Elections usually take place in February, April, August and November. We recommend visiting a few days after the loop opens when more ballots are arriving and activity increases.

Contact us for more information or for tours outside of election season.

Get directions to our office.

Take a video tour of King County Elections.

  1. Introduction
  2. Take a tour
  3. Ballot sorting
  4. Signature verification
  5. Online ballot marking
  6. Envelope review
  7. Ballot opening
  8. Ballot review
  9. Scanning and adjudication
  10. Tabulation
  11. Closing

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