The recent primary elections saw a 56% voter turnout in the state, which has led King County to increase its turnout projection for the November general election from 86% to 90%.
In 2012, King County came close by hitting a record-breaking 85% voter turnout in the general election. This year, the county is challenging voters to meet the official projection and set a new turnout record this fall.
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“We know that to get to 90% turnout it is going to take all of us. That’s why we’re issuing this ambitious goal as a challenge to our voters. We are challenging our voters to make sure that they’re registered, that their friends and family are too. We’re challenging them to make a plan to vote. We’re challenging them to turn their ballot in early,” stated King County Director of Elections Julie Wise in a press release. “Here at King County Elections, we want to make sure that every voice is heard.”
All eligible voters can register and update their registration online through October 26. Afterwards, voters will need to come in person to get registered or make changes to their registration. There will be Vote Centers open to serve voters during the voting period, including locations at Elections headquarters in Renton and CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. Additional locations will also be available across King County.