Find out what you need to know about voting and elections, including important dates, how to register, and links to government election websites.
Washington State General Election
See what is on the ballot for the Washington State General Election.
United States General Election
Vote in the National General Election by Tuesday, November 3. You can find links on this page to help you register and prepare to vote in November.
General Election Calendar
|October 16||Start of 18-day voting period (through Election Day). Ballots are mailed out and Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available at voting centers.|
|October 26||Online and mail registrations must be received 8 days before Election Day. Register to vote in person during King County Elections’ business hours and any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.|
|November 3||Deadline for Washington State voter registration or updates (in person only).|
|November 3||General Election - Deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.|
How to Register to Vote
You can find detailed information about voter registration on the King County Elections website. There are three ways to register:
You can register online, 24 hours a day, at the Washington Secretary of State's website.
To register online, you will need:
- A current Washington State driver license, or
- A current Washington State ID card
- By mail
Download and print a voter registration form and mail it to King County Elections. Forms are available in many languages.
- In person
You can register to vote in person at the King County Elections Office in Renton, the Elections Annex in downtown Seattle, or at a Vote Center.
You can also register to vote at King County Elections’ community events.
Find information about voting, voter registration and elections from these government websites:
- Register to Vote
- Check your Voter Registration Status
- Who are my elected officials?
- Election Results
- Election Calendar
- King County Elections
- King County Voter Pamphlets
Federal Voting Assistance Program – Federal voting assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens. Provides access to election officials and voting assistance officers to help navigate the absentee voting process.
Presidential Election Process – Learn about the Presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions. The Federal Government has developed a glossary of common terms used during election seasons. Perfect for new voters.
Find out how candidates’ campaigns are funded.
Federal Election Commission – Official United States Government website that tracks campaign finance and donations.
These websites help you verify facts and claims made by candidates.
FactCheck.org – A project of The Annenburg Public Policy Center - “monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.”
Politifact – A fact-checking website founded by editors of Time Magazine and in conjunction with Congressional Quarterly.
Snopes – Independently owned by Snopes Media Group - “Oldest and largest fact-checking site online.”
Washington Post Fact Checker – Fact checking column from the Washington Post.