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Candidate filing starts on Monday


The candidate filing week for 2021 begins on Monday, May 17 and closes on Friday, May 21. The deadline to withdraw one's candidacy is Monday, May 24.


Candidates looking to run for office this year will have the opportunity to put their name on the ballot during the upcoming filing week of May 17 through May 21, 2021.

King County Elections is strongly encouraging all candidates to file online. Online filing opens at 9 am on May 17 and is open 24 hours a day until 4 pm on May 21.

In-person assistance will be available for those who need it at King County Elections headquarters in Renton. Those who do come in person will be required to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth. One can be provided, if needed. Candidates in need of assistance can also call 206-296-1565.

As the COVID-19 situation continues in our community, we will not be accommodating large groups or photo opportunities inside the facility.

Candidates can also file by mail. Mailed filings must be received no later than 4:30 pm on May 21, regardless of postmark.

The final deadline to withdraw one’s name from the ballot is 4:30 pm on Monday, May 24.

 An updated list of candidate filings will be posted by noon and by 6 p.m. each day until the filing week ends. The list will be finalized following the withdrawal deadline.

There are many offices subject to election this year, including county and city level offices, school boards, and special purpose districts. You can find the complete list of offices subject to election in King County on our website here

Candidates can sign up for notifications by email or text to get alerts about deadlines and other candidate-related information.

Candidates looking for more information, please visit our website or call 206-296-1565.

Media partners, please email or call 206-477-4111 if you have any questions or are looking to schedule an interview. There will be some opportunity for in-person interviews with Director Wise or a member of the communications team and much more availability for virtual interviews, as well.

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Halei Watkins

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