RENTON, WA – King County Elections (KCE) mailed out nearly 1.4 million ballots to registered voters across King County today for the 2021 General election. KCE is projecting 46% turnout for this election. In 2019, the General saw a final turnout of 49% and 2017 reached 43%.
This year’s General election will feature 332 offices and 15 ballot measures. Voters will have an opportunity to weigh in on their representatives for county, city, school board, and special purpose district positions in all corners of the county.
“Local elections have an incredible impact on our communities. While Presidential elections get the most buzz and excitement, it’s at the local level that decisions are made about our schools, parks, roads, transit, criminal justice system, and so much more. This is voters’ opportunity to use their voice to help shape the future of their community and I hope to see voters turnout and speak up,” stated King County Elections Director Julie Wise.
Voters will begin to receive their ballots over the coming days and should have them in their mailbox by the Monday, October 18 mail delivery. If they have not received their ballot by Monday, voters should give KCE a call at 206-296-VOTE (8683). Voters’ pamphlets containing statements from candidates and ballot measures will arrive later this week as well.
Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, November 2, or returned to one of the 74 drop boxes locations across the county – including the newest location on the UW Bothell campus. Drop boxes are open 24-hours, seven days a week until 8 p.m. sharp on Election Day.
The deadline to register to vote online is October 25. Voters can register and vote through 8 p.m. on Election Day at any of KCE’s Vote Center locations.