Voters will begin to receive their ballots and voting materials later this week. Featuring an 18-inch ballot, the entire front page of which is comprised of three state ballot measures and 12 advisory votes, voters will weigh in on these measures, local measures, and 325 races for a total of 486 candidates including city and county council, mayoral, school board, and special districts races. King County Elections is projecting 43% turnout countywide, with turnout in Seattle expected to trend a few points higher.
“This fall, voters have the opportunity to make their voices heard,” said King County Director of Elections Julie Wise. “Local elections are often overlooked but truly have some of the greatest impacts on our everyday lives. I hope every voter in King County casts a ballot in this election to have a say in how our county and community continues to move forward.”
This November’s General will be the first General election where voters will be able to register to vote and cast their ballot through 8 p.m. on Election Day. This change was part of a package of democracy-focused bills passed by lawmakers in the 2018 legislative session. In the August Primary, King County saw 115 new registrations and nearly 200 registration updates on Election Day and King County Elections is expecting that number to only increase in the General.
The deadline to register to vote online is October 28. Voters can register and vote up through 8 pm on Election Day at any of our Vote Center locations around King County. Vote Centers are available now in Renton and Seattle. Vote Centers will open in Bellevue, Kenmore, and Federal Way on October 28. These Vote Centers served 832 voters in the eight days leading up to the August Primary and King County Elections is expecting even greater volume leading up to the General. While same-day registration is now possible, King County Elections is encouraging voters not to wait but to get their registration completed or updated and ballot cast as soon as possible.
Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, November 5, or returned to one of the nearly 70 ballot drop box locations across the county, including a new drop box at the Angle Lake Link Station that will open on Monday, October 21. Ballots can be returned at any time before the deadline – but the earlier, the better. Drop boxes are open 24 hours, 7 days a week until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 5.
Voters who do not receive a ballot by Monday, October 21 or who have questions should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683).