Voters urged to check, update their status as state implements new elections system
July 8, 2019
Brokers who have helped clients with a recent move may want to remind them to check or update their voter information before the August 6 primary election.
State and King County elections officials are encouraging voters to check their status due to "glitches" that have been uncovered in connection with a switch to a new VoteWA system.
Voters may register or update their information online or by mail until July 29. The deadline for in-person registration or updates is August 6 in accordance with a new state law.
Tests last month on the new VoteWA system revealed several concerns, including missing apartment numbers from voter addresses, issues with bar codes used to track ballots, and troubles translating materials into various languages.
Forms for new Washington voter registrations and updates to existing voters' information, including name or address changes, are available on the Secretary of State's voter registration page. Forms can be printed in 21 languages; completed forms may be submitted by mail or in person at county elections offices.
The Seattle King County REALTORS® Voting Guide, with candidate ratings and endorsements, is scheduled to be posted on SKCR's website on July 16, around the time when ballots will be arriving in mailboxes.
Ballots are expected to be mailed around July 19th. King County voters who haven't received their ballot by July 22 are encouraged to call the county's election office at 206-296-VOTE (8683). King County voters can also obtain election information online.
Later this month, King County will open regional drop-in voting centers where people can ask questions or express concerns. This is the first time such centers will be opened. Locations will be in Bellevue, Federal Way, Kenmore, Renton and downtown Seattle.
VoteWA, a modernized statewide elections system, is a collaboration between the state's Office of the Secretary of State (OSOS) and 39 County Elections Administrators. It establishes standards for election data and reporting, and is intended to be a centralized system for both voter registration and elections management. The new $9.5 million system replaces a ten-year-old system in 39 separate counties supported by three different vendors. It now encompasses integrated petitions management, candidate management, and an integrated self-service public portal for more than 4.3 million active registered voters statewide.