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King County general election ballots mailed Wednesday

Voters: keep an eye on the mailbox - King County Elections is sending out ballots for the general election on Wednesday.
Credit: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
A ballot drop box stands outside the King County Elections office Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Tukwila, Washington.

KING COUNTY, Wash. — Voters should keep an eye on their mailbox - King County Elections sent out ballots for the general election on Wednesday.

Ballots are mailed to voters three weeks before the election. Voters who live overseas or are serving in the armed forces get their ballots even earlier: 30 days before a special election and 45 days before a primary or general election. 

King County Elections mailed out nearly 1.4 million ballots to registered voters.

King County Elections projects a 46% turnout for the general election. In 2019, a there was a turnout of 49%.

Voters who need an accessible voting option, or have lost or damaged their ballot can use the online ballot marking program, which allows voters to mark their ballot online and print it to be returned to King County Elections. 

Voting centers will be open to register new voters, update current voting records and provide assistance to voters who need help completing their ballots on certain days leading up to the election. Locations and hours are available on the King County Elections website.

This year's general election will include 332 offices and 15 ballot measures in King County.

Several hot-button races will show up on the November ballot. 

Seattle voters will have their choice between a former and current city council president in the race for mayor. Seattle's homelessness crisis has become a central topic in the race, a matter in which candidates Lorena González and Bruce Harrell starkly disagree

King County districts one, three, five, seven and nine will also elect a candidate to a seat on the county council. Check out the King County website to see which district you live in.

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