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Watch your mailbox for Presidential Primary Election ballots

Summary

King County Elections mailed ballots today, May 4, to approximately 1.3 million registered voters for the May 24 Presidential Primary Election.

“We want to be able to count every ballot received in this election,” said Julie Wise, Director of King County Elections. “In order to do that, all voters must not only sign the declaration on their envelope, but also declare a party preference when voting in this election.”

Story

Unlike all other Washington State elections, Presidential Primary voters are required by law to declare a party when voting. Everyone must check a box for either Democrat or Republican, sign the declaration and make sure that their candidate selection matches their party declaration on the envelope in order for their vote to be counted in this election. Ballots can be returned any time after they are received and are due no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24.

The turnout for King County is forecast at 32 percent.

Who is on the ballot?

  • Republicans Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Donald Trump
  • Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

Options for returning ballots

Mailed ballots need a first-class stamp. Voters also have several locations to return ballots without a stamp by 8 p.m. on May 24, including drop box locations, scheduled ballot drop-off vans and accessible voting centers.

In-person voter registration deadline

Citizens not yet registered to vote in Washington state have until May 16 at 4:30 p.m. to register in person at King County Elections offices to vote in the May 24 Presidential Primary Election:

Questions?

Voters who don’t receive a ballot by Monday, May 9, or who have questions, should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

Quote

We want to be able to count every ballot received in this election. In order to do that, all voters must not only sign the declaration on their envelope, but also declare a party preference when voting in this election.

Julie Wise, Director of King County Elections

Media contact

Nancy Standifer
206-477-4111
nancy.standifer@kingcounty.gov

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