General Information for Jurisdictions
Primary and general elections
The primary election is held the first Tuesday in August of each year and the general election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each year. The primary and general election dates for 2016 are:
- Primary election: Tuesday, August 2, 2016
- General election: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Even-numbered years are when federal, state, legislative, and some judicial offices appear on the general election ballot. Odd-numbered years are when county, port, some judicial, city, school, and special purpose district offices appear on the general election ballot.
Upon receipt of a resolution from the governing body of a jurisdiction,
King County Elections may hold a special election.
The jurisdiction can request the special election be held on one of the following dates:
February election: the second Tuesday in February (February 9, 2016)
April election: the fourth Tuesday in April (April 26, 2016)
Primary election: the first Tuesday in August (August 2, 2016)
General election: the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November (November 8, 2016)
Deadlines for putting an issue on the ballot
The resolution requesting the special election must be presented to King County Elections as follows:
February election: 60 days prior to the date of the election (December 11, 2015)
April election: 60 days prior to the date of the election (February 26, 2016)
Primary election: No later than the Friday immediately before the first day of candidate filing (May 13, 2016)
General election: No later than the day of the primary election (August 2, 2016)
All resolutions must be received by King County Elections no later than 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline.
Specific dates can be found in the Jurisdiction Manual .
The validation summary for jurisdictions for 2015 elections contains information compiled from the November 4, 2014 general and special election and includes the following statistics for each jurisdiction:
The total number of "Active Registered Voters" in the jurisdiction at the time of the election;
The number of voters who voted in the November 4, 2014 general and special election;
The minimum number needed (40 percent of votes cast) to validate a measure involving monetary issues (bond or levy); and
The minimum number of "yes" votes needed to approve a measure (60 percent of the 40 percent of the number of voters who voted in the November 4, 2014 general and special election).
"Active Registered Voters" refers to voters whose status is current with King County Elections. These are voters who are not on the inactive list due to the return, as non-deliverable, of official documents such as a mail ballot or voter registration card.
Please note that if your jurisdiction extends to another county, you will need to add that county’s figures to get the total number needed for validation.