Meet the Canvassing Board

The King County Canvassing Board is a public entity that conducts a formal assessment of the election. The assessment includes reviewing vote totals, determining the validity of challenged ballots, certifying the vote and administering a recount.

Canvassing Board meetings take place at the King County Elections office in Renton. All meetings are public. State law mandates that the county auditor – or commensurate official – serve as the Canvassing Board chair. Other members are the county prosecuting attorney and the chair of the county legislative body. Let’s meet the board!

Julie Wise
Director of King County Elections
Julie Wise started as a temporary King County Elections employee in 2000 when she fell in love with the voting process. She served as the Deputy Director of Elections before being elected Director in November 2015. Wise is a Washington State certified Election Administrator and is a nationally Certified Election Registration Administrator.

Kevin Wright
Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Designee
Kevin is the Chief Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County. Kevin manages civil legal matters for the county and oversees 55 prosecutors. He has served on the Canvassing Board since 2008. Kevin earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Washington School Of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University.

Carolyn Busch
King County Council Representative
Carolyn is the Chief of Staff for the King County Council. She has a 25-year-long career in public policy that includes working for the state Senate Democratic Caucus and advising Governors Booth Gardner and Gary Locke on K-12 and higher education policy. Carolyn holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

Canvassing Board meetings are open to the public, so stop by! View the Canvassing Board schedule to see when the board meets next.