Elections officials across Washington State announced today that ballots are in the mail to the vast majority of the state’s three and half million registered voters, following last month’s distribution of ballots to overseas and military voters.
“This election may not have the sizzle of the presidential-year election like we’ll have in 2016, but we have hundreds of local candidates and measures to decide, so it’s a big-deal election as far as I’m concerned,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman said.
Her office provided some statistics on the election:
- In all, there are 3,924 candidates facing off in 3,043 races across the state
- There are total of 166 measures on the ballot across the state
- King County alone has 460 candidates for 331 offices and 20 measures on the ballot [including two countywide measures]
Wyman also noted that two major cities, Seattle and Yakima, are transitioning to district-based city council elections this year.
“I urge voters to take a little time to study the Voters Pamphlet, campaign materials, the online and video Voters Guides, and then cast a ballot promptly. You’ll feel good about it and it’s good to remember that self-government works best when lots of us take part and give our two cents,’ Wyman said.
Wyman is predicting statewide turnout of forty-six percent.
King County officials think turnout in the state’s largest jurisdiction will be above that. They’re forecasting turnout of forty-eight percent.
“Voting is one of the most important actions we do as citizens, so be sure to make it count by getting your ballot returned on time,” said retiring King County Elections Director Sherril Huff in a statement.
The deadline to register by mail or online for this election has passed. However, it’s still possible to register in person for another week and half. The deadline to register in person is the close of business on Monday, October 26th.
Ballots must be returned to post offices or put in outgoing mail by the last collection time on November 3rd, or returned to a drop box no later than 8 PM. King County officials want the public to know they offer permanent drop box locations, scheduled ballot drop-off vans and Accessible Voting Centers.