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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.

All staff, observers and visitors in our facility are required to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth. Vented face masks, masks with valves, and mask substitutes such as bandanas and neck gaiters may not be used while in the King County Elections Building. Masks made with mesh materials or that contain holes of any kind also may not be used. These masks do not protect others from droplet exposure.

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.

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.

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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.

November 2, 2021 General Election

Activity Dates
Accessible voting units available October 13 – November 2
Alternate format ballots October 18 – November 22
Ballot drop boxes
October 14 – November 2
Ballot opening October 20 – November 22
Ballot review October 21 – November 22
Canvassing Board meetings See Canvassing Board page
Incoming ballot sort
October 18 – November 22
Logic and Accuracy test of mail ballot scanning and tabulation equipment October 19 at 1 p.m.
Mail ballot scanning October 21 – November 22
Provisional ballots November 15 – November 22
Signature verification and envelope review October 18 – November 22
Vote centers
October 13 – November 2

December 7, 2021 Recall Election

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

Activity Dates
Accessible voting units available November 17 – December 7
Alternate format ballots November 22 – December 16
Ballot drop boxes
November 18 – December 7
Ballot opening November 24 – December 16
Ballot review November 29 – December 16
Canvassing Board meetings See Canvassing Board page
Incoming ballot sort
November 22 – December 16
Logic and Accuracy test of mail ballot scanning and tabulation equipment November 24 at 1 p.m.
Mail ballot scanning November 29 – December 16
Provisional ballots December 13 – November 16
Signature verification and envelope review November 22 – December 16
Vote centers
November 17 – December 7

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