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Election observation changes due to Covid-19

The safety of the public and our workers is paramount while securely processing ballots in our facility. To address this concern, we have protocols in place that allow us to continue to process ballots efficiently while making the floor observable.

Employees who provide proof of full vaccination are no longer required to wear a mask but may choose to do so for a variety of reasons, including having a high-risk family member at home or because they simply feel more comfortable in a mask. 

Observers and visitors who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after the final vaccine in the series) are also not required to wear masks but may choose to.

Anyone not fully vaccinated must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth. 

Individuals with any symptoms related to COVID-19 - including but not limited to fever or chills, a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea - should not visit the Elections office. Those exhibiting symptoms may be asked to leave the ballot processing floor. 

All individuals at the Elections facility shall continue frequent handwashing, sanitizing, and maintain a reasonable distance from staff while observing, regardless of vaccination status.

Please remember that this is an ever-changing landscape and additional requirements may be requested based on new information we receive. We ask that observers be flexible and work with us to maintain a safe work environment for our teams.

Thank you for working with us! We look forward to your participation in the upcoming election.

Watch us process the election online.

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 .

Activities take place at King County Elections headquarters.

August 3, 2021 Primary Election

Activity Dates
Accessible voting units available July 14 – August 3
Alternate format ballots July 19 – August 16
Ballot drop boxes
July 15 – August 3
Ballot opening July 21 – August 16
Ballot review July 22 – August 16
Canvassing Board meetings See Canvassing Board page
Incoming ballot sort
July 19 – August 16
Logic and Accuracy test of mail ballot scanning and tabulation equipment July 20 at 1 p.m.
Mail ballot scanning July 22 – August 16
Provisional ballots August 9 – August 16
Signature verification and envelope review July 19 – August 16
Vote centers
July 14 – August 3

March 23, 2021 King Conservation District Election

Activities take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the dates noted below and on Election Day, March 23.

Activity Dates
Alternate format ballots, including signature verification March 1 – 30
Ballot review March 1 – 30
Ballot scanning
March 11 – 30
Logic and Accuracy test of mail ballot scanning and tabulation equipment March 10 at 1 p.m.

TTY: Relay 711

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