Thinking about running for office? We’re expecting more than 700 people to file for office during candidate filing week, May 13 – 17. If you’re planning to run now or in the future, remember that you’ll need to pay a filing fee. This fee is equal to 1% of the office’s annual salary at the time of filing. You can view the filing fees for all 337 positions up for election on our website. Unfortunately, filing fees are not refundable. So if a candidate withdraws, they don’t get their money back. And if they withdraw and re-file for a different position, they’ll be required to pay a second filing fee for the new position.Read more
People often ask how we determine the order of candidates on the ballot for each office. They’re never listed in a predictable way, like alphabetically, but are listed at random. We actually do this on purpose.
To determine the ballot order, we use a random number generator to create a sequence based on the office with the highest number of candidates. Once we have that sequence, the logic is applied to all candidate races. This random process to determine the order of candidates on the ballot for each office is useful to give everyone a fair chance and ensure there are no biases influencing the decision.
This year 11 candidates filed for Legislative District No. 34 State Senator and the random number generator created a sequence of 2, 3, 1, 11, 8, 7, 10, 6, 5, 4, 9. That sequence was then applied to offices with 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 candidates and so on as shown in the table below.
So when we apply this logic to Legislative District No. 43, Representative Position No. 2 with 3 candidates the following becomes the ballot order:
We only do this process for offices filed with King County. For offices filed with the state, or with another county, they hold their own drawing. We then provide the final candidate order with these other counties and the Secretary of State’s office, as they provide their final list to us.
Once the candidates are in ballot order, we post the official list on the Who has filed page of our website.
Do you ever wonder what it takes to run for office? We have 94 open positions this year.
With the candidate filing period starting next week, May 14-18, here are the things anyone interested in running for office should do:
- Verify your voter registration information is up-to-date. You must be registered to vote in the district you choose to run for office in
- Read over the Candidate Manual for more information on how to file for office, submit your voters’ pamphlet statement and photo, and more
- Review which offices are subject to election and the fees, filing locations, and requirements for each
- Watch a brief video on how to submit a Declaration of Candidacy online to complete the steps needed to file for office
- Look over the additional resources on our website
This year candidates can also file to be a Precinct Committee Officer. There are additional resources for PCO candidates:
- Read over the Precinct Committee Officer Manual
- Watch a brief video on how to file for Precinct Committee Officer online
We encourage anyone interested in running for office to subscribe to our candidate notifications for alerts about campaign filing, deadlines, etc.
Candidate filing week begins May 14 and ends May 18. During that week, we’ll update the list of who has filed to run for each office. Make sure to check back with us soon!
Recall elections don’t happen very often in King County, but when they do, they provide an opportunity for voters to decide whether or not to remove an elected official from office. Recall elections must occur before the end of the elected official’s term. Continue reading
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.
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.