Secure & accountable elections
King County Elections has a number of cutting edge election security measures in place, and works with formal groups and partners who provide oversight.
The public is invited to be a part of this. During an election, visitors are free to walk “the loop” in the Elections office, where they can watch the entire journey a ballot takes, from the time it enters our mail sorter to when it is scanned into the system for tabulation.
Observers from both political parties are requested to be on site for every election as added assurance of oversight and accountability. If you would like to be an observer, please contact the political party with which you affiliate. Elections are also monitored and formally reviewed periodically by the Secretary of State’s office.
The 13-member Citizens’ Election Oversight Committee is appointed by the County Council and includes representatives from the state, county, parties and organizations. This committee monitors county elections and advises on a variety of issues.
The Canvass Board, with representatives from the County Council and Prosecutor’s Office, meets throughout each election to review challenged ballots and certify results. Canvass Board schedules are posted for each election.