Candidate list for primary election now available online

The full list of candidates running for office in 2017 is now available online. The list of candidates who will appear on the primary election ballot is also available online. Candidates are listed online in the order they will appear on the ballot.

A record number of people filed to run for office this year, with a total of 634 filings. The previous record was 557 filings in 2009. About 94 percent of candidates filed online.

“I’m thrilled to see a historic number of filings this year,” said Julie Wise, Director of King County Elections. “Running for office is a brave endeavor, and I want to congratulate all of the candidates.”

Click here to learn more.

Candidate filing begins next week for 2017 Primary and General Elections

Candidates planning to run for office in the August 1 Primary Election or the November 7 General Election must file Monday, May 15, through Friday, May 19. Online candidate filing is the most convenient option.

During filing week, candidates have three ways to file for office:

  • Online starting at 9 a.m. Monday, May 15, until 4 p.m., Friday, May 19. Candidates may file online 24 hours/day.
  • In-person from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, Monday, May 15, through Friday, May 19. Candidates who choose to file in-person use designated computers at the King County Elections Department headquarters, 919 SW Grady Way, Renton.
  • By mail until May 19. Filings made by mail must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 19, regardless of postmark.

An updated list of candidate filings will be posted by noon and by 6 p.m. each day until the filing week ends.

Candidates can sign up for notifications by email or text to get alerts about deadlines and other candidate-related information.

For more information visit the King County Elections website or call (206) 296-1565.

Election Day 2016: The Results

Update 11:23 p.m.:

Mayor Murray released the following statement as Donald Trump is declared the President Elect of the United States:

Regardless of tonight’s national results, tomorrow Seattle will remain a city guided by the values of equality, inclusion and openness.

Tomorrow we will continue to support women, we will welcome as neighbors our Muslim brothers and sisters, and tomorrow Black Lives will still matter. Our City will remain strong because of our diversity, not in spite of it.

In Seattle, our results show a city ready to lead in building a more equitable and progressive future.

As we look forward, we will challenge our people to live up to our values, to ensure we build on the foundation that was laid tonight and that we foster the equitable, inclusive world we envision.

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Locals around Ballard have been glued to their televisions, computers and phones as the General Election results begin to come in from across the country.

The King County Elections website is updating in real time as the results come in this evening.

Haven’t returned your ballot yet? Remember to return your ballot by 8 p.m. this evening to the Ballard Library Ballot Drop-Box or ensure that it is post marked with today’s date.

Online voter registration deadline approaching for general election

Locals who want to participate in the November 8 general election should prepare now.

King County Elections will mail general election ballots to all registered voters from October 19, so it’s important that citizens register to vote and ensure that their name, address and signature is up to date.

If you are not yet registered to vote in Washington you have until October 10 to register online or until in October 31 to register in person at King County Elections Voter Registration Annex downtown:

King County Administration Building
500 4th Ave, Room 440, Seattle.
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays

To register to vote, you must be: 

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A legal resident of Washington State;
  • At least 18 years old by election day;
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order; and
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.

Voters can check to make sure their registration information is current by:

The Ballard Library Ballot Drop Box (5614 22nd Ave NW) will be open from October 20.

Click here to get the latest Elections news and updates.

Voters must return ballots by 8 pm tonight

Today (Tuesday, August 2) is the final day for local voters to return their ballots for the August 2016 Primary Election.

Your ballot can be returned by mail with a first-class stamp, however, it must be postmarked by today.

Alternatively, Ballard Library Drop Box (5614 22nd Ave NW) will be open and accepting ballots until 8 p.m. this evening.

Visit the King County Elections website to learn more information and to see results when they are posted.

Mike O’Brien to speak at SHCA general election

City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is set to speak at the annual general election of the Sunset Hill Community Association (SHCA- 3003 NW 66th Street) on Monday, January 25.

Councilmember O’Brien will speak about the plans for the local area before attendees are entertained by a short program from the Ballard Civic Orchestra.

All are welcome to attend to cast their ballots for the SHCA Board.

Light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

A look at early election results

The “polls” closed at 8 o’clock last night. The big story of the election is that voters have decided to get the state out of the liquor business. Here is a look at the early results (updated at 6:30 a.m.) from the Washington State Secretary of State:

Initiative Measure 1183 Concerning liquor: beer, wine, and spirits (hard liquor).
59.69% Yes
40.31% No

Initiative Measure 1125 Concerning state expenditures on transportation.
49.07% Yes
50.93% No

Initiative Measure 1163 Concerning long-term care workers and services for elderly and disabled people.
66.77% Yes
33.23% No

Senate Joint Resolution 8205 Concerning the length of time a voter must reside in Washington to vote for president and vice president.
71.45% Yes
28.55% No

Senate Joint Resolution 8206 Concerning the budget stabilization account maintained in the state treasury.
66.88% Yes
33.12% No

From King County Elections:

City of Seattle Proposition No. 1 Regular Tax Levy Including Families and Education
58.57% Yes
41.43% No

City of Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition No. 1 Increased Vehicle License Fee
39.55% Yes
60.45% No

Seattle City Council results can be found here.

Seattle School Board results can be found here.

Today is election day!

Today is the primary and special election. Remember to have your ballots stamped and postmarked, or dropped in a ballot drop box by today. .

The closest local ballot drop box location is the Ballard Library (5614 22nd Avenue NW.) Ballots taken to drop boxes must be deposited by 8 p.m. If that’s not convenient for you, see this map for a complete list of King County drop box locations.

For candidate statements, see the King County Elections Local Voters’ Pamphlet. And if you can’t make your mind up from reading those, let someone else help. Here are some sources for candidate ratings and endorsements:

Know of any other endorsement sources published online? Please share them in comments, or send us a link at

Reminder: Today is election day

Just a reminder that today is election day.

Ballots can be turned in at the dropbox just in front of the library until 8 p.m. today. (The dropbox is no longer at the Neighborhood Service Center like in the past.) Ballots can also be mailed in but must have today’s postmark. The online voters’ pamphlet can be found here.

It’s not the same as going to the polls, but King County Elections has created an “I Voted” sticker for you to print or download for your blog or Facebook. Find it here.

Confusion over new location of ballot box

There is confusion about where to drop your ballot off in Ballard. Up until 2009, the drop box was at the Neighborhood Service Center. Now, it sits in front of the Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW), which is just up the block from the previous location.

We went by the NSC this morning and found several signs on the window, including the one in the top right which directs voters to the new location. Despite this sign, voters are still confused. We directed one voter to the correct location this morning and received an email Friday evening citing our earlier post. “‘Ballot Drop Boxes open on October 14, and remain open 24 hours a day until Election Day, November 2 when they will close at 8:00 p.m.'” Dwyn writes, “and Ballard is one of the sites, but it was not open this evening around 4:15 p.m.” We spoke with Katie Gilliam with King County Elections who tells us the sign alerting voters of the new location was put up on Friday.

The new ballot drop box is almost directly in front of the library and is open for voters to slip ballots in 24 hours a day until Election Day, November 2nd when the box will close at 8 p.m.