King County is the largest jurisdiction in the United States to conduct all elections by mail. The county has 1.28 million registered voters, a number that continues to grow each month. It is the 13th-most populated county in the country and home to one third of Washington’s voters.
Led by Julie Wise, King County Elections is staffed by approximately 70 dedicated full-time employees who have a strong sense of pride and commitment to the work they perform. Working with the Executive and Council, Elections has implemented more than 300 reforms since 2004. We have an ongoing commitment to establish open and transparent processes.
King County Elections conducts accurate, secure and accessible elections, providing an important opportunity for county voters to participate in their government. The countywide vote-by-mail system allows us to provide outstanding service to residents, including the opportunity for public observation. Visitors are welcome to tour the 360-degree observation loop during business hours.
King County Elections is a well-respected leader within the elections community for its programs, outreach and education, accessible voting advocacy and technology innovations. Voters can confirm their registration and track their ballots’ progress online. We also provide online candidate filing, with more than 90 percent of candidates now filing on the Web.
King County produces all voting materials in English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Spanish. The county also employs a full-time translation staff to assist voters.
To be the leader in providing inclusive elections.
We conduct fair, open and accurate elections.
2016 - 2018 Priorities
Actively identify and work to remove barriers to voting at both the individual and community level.
Strengthen relationships with community and governmental partners.
Create a culture of professional growth and development, openness and inclusion.
King County Elections: A Timeline