I’m a new citizen: How do I register to vote?

Are you a new U.S. citizen? First, congratulations! We know the path to citizenship can be a long one, so well done. One of the things you can now do as a U.S. citizen is vote. But first, you’ll need to register. There are a number of ways.

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Want to Run for Office?

King County Elections is hosting two candidate workshops for anyone interested in running for office in the County.  The workshops are free and open to the public. Come to either workshop to learn how to file for office and submit your voters’ pamphlet information. We’ll also discuss campaign sign regulations and provide basic information on campaign finance.

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Five things you should know about Ballot Drop Boxes

Last year we increased the number of ballot drop boxes in King County from 10 to 43, providing unprecedented convenience and access to voters. About 91 percent of King County residents now live within 3 miles of a drop box. That said we sometimes get questions about how drop boxes work: Where are they located? How long are they open? We’ve answered all of those curious questions, and more. Here are five things you should know about ballot drop boxes:

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Here’s the List of Offices up for Election this Year

More than 330 offices are up for election this year, including the Seattle Mayor and the King County Executive. Here’s a complete list of offices subject to election in 2017.

King County voters have a great track record when it comes to voting in presidential years. The 2016 General Election saw an 82% voter turnout. Turnout was even higher in 2012 when 85% of our voters cast a ballot.

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King County Offers Ballots in Multiple Languages

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Did you know King County Elections offers voting materials in Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese? Providing translation services is just another way our office is working to improve voter access.

The Federal Voting Rights Act requires jurisdictions to provide translated election materials in another language if 10,000 people or 5 percent of voting-age citizens speak that language and have limited English proficiency. In accordance with this law, we produce election information and voting materials in Chinese and Vietnamese.

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Pre-paid postage: How did we do?

As a state that votes entirely by mail, providing pre-paid postage on ballot return envelopes is a subject that comes up from time to time. So this year, we decided to test pre-paid postage with the February 14 special election in Maple Valley and the Shoreline School District. Voters in both jurisdictions received ballot packets that included a return envelope with the postage already paid.

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Voting while Homeless

In 2011, Washington State shifted to vote by mail. For every election in which you are eligible to vote, we mail you a ballot with measures and candidates specific to your address. While vote by mail has improved voter access for many, not all voting-age residents have a traditional address. In the 2016 King County One Night Count, over 10,000 people, the majority of which are of voting age, were counted as being homeless. These people are staying in many places ranging from encampments to emergency shelters and transitional housing. So how do they get access to voting?

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How a Citizens’ Committee Helps Maintain the Integrity of Elections

Elections and voter registration systems are back in the headlines. And all the talk about alleged voter fraud may have you wondering how King County measures up. But did you know the County has a group of citizens whose job is to help maintain the integrity of our elections system? The Citizens’ Elections Oversight Committee (CEOC) was established in 2006 by King County ordinance with the mission “…to help King County restore and maintain public confidence in elections.”

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