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As the November 3rd 2020 General Election draws near, King County Elections has provided an overview of key dates, as well as information on how to register, how to return ballots or request a replacement, and other voting best practices.
Ballots are scheduled to arrive in your mailbox this week, but there is still time to register to vote. The deadline to register online or return a paper registration form by mail is Monday, October 26th. The easiest way to register - or ensure your registration is up to date - is at www.VoteWA.gov.
To be eligible to register to vote, you must be a US citizen, a Washington State resident, and not currently incarcerated or under community custody following a felony conviction. To cast a ballot, you must also be 18 by Election Day.
King County Elections encourages everyone to vote early as they are expecting 90% voter turnout, with almost 500,000 ballots returned to drop boxes on Election Day alone. Avoid the traffic and congestion - vote early.
According to King County Elections, “Voting early means that you can rest easy on Election Day knowing that you did your part - and it means that we are able to provide a more meaningful set of initial results on Election Night.”
What if Your Ballot Doesn’t Arrive?
Ballots are mailed on October 14th and voters should have their ballot in-hand by October 19th. If you don’t receive your ballot, King County Elections has you covered. Get a replacement ballot here to print at home. If you’re still having trouble, call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683).
How to Return Your Ballot:
You can vote and return your ballot as soon as you receive it. Returning your ballot early allows time to correct any issues with your signature so your ballot is counted.
Ballot Drop Box: Drop boxes open on October 15th. Ballot drop boxes are a secure and convenient way for voters to return ballots. King County Elections has have 73 drop boxes, including at the North Bend, Snoqualmie and Fall City libraries.
By mail: King County Elections recommends dropping your ballot in the mail by the Friday before Election Day to make sure it gets postmarked in time to be counted. Your ballot must be postmarked by Election Day.
At a Vote Center: King County Vote Centers are available to serve those who need to register or update their registration after the online October 26th deadline has passed. In addition, trained staff and specialized equipment can help voters with disabilities cast a private, independent ballot.
Due to Covid, King County urges voters who can to vote early by mail or drop box. If you can’t, there will be 7 Vote Center locations to register or vote: