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.”

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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.

Watch your mailbox for General Election ballots

King County Elections mailed nearly 1.3 million ballots to voters earlier this week on October 19.

Most ballots should have already arrived at Ballard homes.

King County voters also will begin receiving their voters’ pamphlet in the mail this week. Voters will receive two voters’ pamphlets, a local one from King County and a state one from the Office of the Secretary of State.

Voters’ pamphlets are also available online, at Seattle and King County libraries, and at the King County Elections office in Renton.

Ballots can be returned through the Postal Service, which requires a first class stamp, or they may be returned to the Ballot Drop Box located outside Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW).

Ballots must be postmarked by November 8 or returned to a ballot drop box by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

“I encourage everyone to vote, and vote early,” said Julie Wise, Director of King County Elections. “This is an important election so make sure your voice is heard.”

King County citizens not currently registered to vote in Washington can register in person through 6 p.m. on Monday, October 31 at the King County Elections office in Renton or through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 31 at the Voter Registration Annex downtown.

Voters who don’t receive a ballot by October 24 or who have questions should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

Local voters set to receive Special Election ballots

King County Elections will be mailing out ballots tomorrow, April 8, to all registered voters in King County for the April 28 Special Election. This special election includes measures from seven jurisdictions on issues such as transportation, school construction, public safety, parks and more.

“Voters will see a single countywide measure on their ballot,” said Sherril Huff, Director of King County Elections. “Voters in six districts will also see measures important to their communities. Read your ballot and weigh in with your vote.”

King County Elections predict a turnout of 33 percent for this election.

All voters will receive a voters’ pamphlet with all measures in this election. Ballots will include only the measures for which a voter is eligible to vote.

Voters should read and follow directions on their ballots, sign the return envelope, and get ballots back before the April 28 election day deadline. Mailed ballots need a first-class stamp. Voters in Ballard can also return their ballots to the drop box at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) by 8 p.m. on April 28.

If you are not yet registered and wish to do so you have until April 20 at 4:30 p.m. to register in person at King County Elections offices (500 4th Ave (Room 440) Seattle) to vote in this election.

Voters who don’t receive a ballot by April 15 or who have questions should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

King County redistricting affects some Ballard residents

Over the past couple weeks, King County has been sending out new voter registration cards. If you live in east Ballard, your legislative district may have changed. Based on findings from the new census, King County adjusted the boundaries of numerous districts. The county is required by law to realign boundaries every ten years to reflect changes in population distribution, according to the King County Districting Committee.

King County adjusted many congressional, legislative, and county council boundaries. Ballard is still in King County Council District 4 the boundary for which has expanded east to I-5 and north to N. 145th St., represented by Councilmember Larry Phillips. Ballard is also still in Congressional District 7, which has been expanded north to include Shoreline and represented by Jim McDermott. However, Ballard’s legislative district boundaries have changed, as the boundaries for the 36th, 43rd and 46th districts were adjusted.

Here is a map of the new legislative boundaries:

2012 Legislative district boundary map, click here for the full map from King County Elections

Here is a map of the previous legislative boundaries since 2002:

2002 Legislative district boundary map, click here for the full map from King County Elections

To learn more about redistricting in King County, click here.