Election and Voter Records
King County Archives has the official canvass books, which provide election results, for all King County elections between 1950 and 2006. Research the canvass books online through the archives catalog.
Puget Sound [state] Regional Archives (external link) in Bellevue has the following records:
Canvasses of votes, 1906-1948
General elections: 1906-1912, 1948
Primary elections: 1924, 1926, 1938, 1940
Republican Party primary elections: 1908-1922, 1928-1934
Democratic Party primary elections: 1912, 1932 1934
Socialist Party primary election: 1912
City of Seattle primary election: 1948.
Election abstracts, 1882-1948
These records show the official tally of votes for candidates and for and against ballot issues. They are organized by election and by precinct and include information for the following elections:
General elections: 1882-1948:
Mid-year city, town and district elections: 1923-1949
Special elections : 1911-1944
Judicial elections: 1908-1934
Primary elections by party:
- Democrat: 1908-1934
- Republican: 1908-1934
- Socialist: 1912-1916
- Progressive: 1914-1916
- Farmer-Labor: 1922-1924
- Open primaries: 1936-1948
Current precinct maps:
Historical precinct maps:
- 1936, 1944, 1986-1993, 2000: King County Archives
- 1922, 1941, 1950s, 1982 (east King County): University of Washington Map Collection and Cartographic Information Services Unit (external link)
- 1915: Puget Sound [state] Regional Archives (external link)
Declarations of Candidature (1940-1962)The volume, Index to Vault Files and Records, includes lists of names of candidates filing for county and state legislative positions. Entries are arranged by position (county) and by legislative chamber and district (state). Record information for each entry includes name, address, and political affiliation. Please contact the King County Archives for more information.
Voter Registration (King County only)
Current (1995-present) voter information is held by the King County Elections Division.
The following historical voter registration information is held by the Puget Sound [state] Regional Archives (external link):
King County voter registrations, 1884-1934
These records are listings, organized by precinct or ward, of registered voters in King County. The amount of information about each voter varies but in addition to name and date of registration, may include age, place of birth, length of residency in precinct, occupation, and if applicable, date of naturalization papers and court by which issued. The series includes registers for the City of Seattle Territorial Second and Fourth Wards, City of Seattle Precincts 1 through 406, and King County named precincts. Also included are a Seattle Seventh Precinct Poll Book, Tally Sheet and Official Canvass of the Republican Primary Election of 2/23/1904, Seattle Precinct 270 Election Poll Books and Tally Sheets for 1912, and a list of Richmond Precinct registered voters who failed to vote in the general election of 11/5/1918. Not all registers for the time period 1884-1934 are included. Most records are dated between 1916 and 1934. Please contact the Regional Archives (external link) for additional information.
Please note that these records - or some of the information contained within them which is protected by law - may be unavailable for public inspection and copying, per RCW 29A.08.710.
King County cancelled voter registration cards, 1935-1994
These cards are records of individuals whose King County voter registration was cancelled sometime between 1935 and 1994. Each card includes name and address of voter, precinct, and date first registered. Cards do not indicate cancellation date. Please contact the Regional Archives (external link) for additional information.