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King County Elections

King County Elections
919 Southwest Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057-2906

206-296-VOTE (8683)
TTY: Relay: 711
FAX: 206-296-0108

Weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Voting and Elections 101

Voting is the number one way to participate in democracy. Young people can be a powerful force in elections, especially if they get involved early and make voting a lifelong habit.

5 Simple Steps to Voting

King County Elections facts

  • King County has nearly 1.2 million registered voters!
  • King County is the 14th most populous county in the U.S. and is home to one third of Washington state’s voters.
  • There may be as many as four elections each year: Two special elections (one in February, one in April), the primary election in August and the November general election.
  • Ballots and ballot processing areas are safeguarded by key card access and biometric controls that check fingerprints.

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Teaching resources


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Elections A-Z:
An elections glossary

Take a tour!

Address: 919 SW Grady Way, Renton
Map and directions

Come 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 and scanning. The best time to come is during an election. You don’t even need an appointment.

For group tours, please contact:
Diana Sutherland

Download a tour map (pdf)