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Forwarded on behalf of King County Elections
Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day! Started in 2012, NVRD is a non-partisan, unofficial national holiday, on which thousands of community groups and volunteers across the political spectrum register people to vote. It was designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on helping citizens to exercise their most basic right—the right to vote.
Registering to vote is simple in King County. You can do it online, by mail, or even in-person at a vote center until 8pm on Election Day. Even if you move within the county, you don’t need to register again. All you need to do is update your address with us so we can make sure you get your ballot.
While 76% of King County voters turned out for last year’s midterm election, for this year’s General Election we’re projecting only 43% turnout. I know you all appreciate how critical local elections are and I’m hoping you can help spread the word about the importance of getting registered and returning your ballot in every election – ESPECIALLY local ones that will determine the future of our communities for years to come.
Below are a few tools that may be helpful and please don’t hesitate to reach out if my team or I can ever be of assistance.
• Social. We’ve got a great King County Elections social media toolkit. You can also use and share our posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
• Photos. You are welcome to use any of the stock photos here for social, websites or communications. And if there’s a picture of something voting-related that you want but don’t see, definitely reach out – we’ve got lots more that we’re happy to share.
• Maps. We have some great interactive maps that can help you understand voter turnout and registration rates in your city neighborhoods.
• Videos. Also feel free to share the process and GOTV videos we have online including a great one about registering to vote. I think Take a stand and Make your vote count are especially powerful.
• Kiosk. One recommendation we frequently make to organizations that provide public service is that they set-up a kiosk for residents or clients to be able to register online, check their voter registration and to print out a replacement ballot (see below).
• Signs and Handouts. This page has some helpful signs, guides and a voter’s calendar with all the relevant election dates for the year.
• Online Ballot Access. Did you know that voters who need a replacement ballot can access one online? If your jurisdiction sets-up a kiosk for residents or clients to be able to print out a ballot we can provide the replacement envelopes!
• Events. We share information about events we are attending or those being held by our Voter Education Fund community partners on our outreach calendar. Check it out to see what might be happening in your community. Also, if you would like to host an event – voter registration or a GOTV event like a ballot party or candidate forum – we are happy to provide materials (forms, brochures, stickers, buttons) and staff or presenters as our calendar allows.
For more information, visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/voting-elections.aspx.