Are You Registered to Vote? Deadlines for General Election Approach

Mail-in registrations to vote in the Nov. 6 general election are due by Saturday, Oct 6. Here are the King County deadlines -- and what to do if you don't mail your registration in time.

If you want to vote in the November 2012 election, you must mail in your voter registration by Saturday, Oct 6, because of the Columbus Day holiday, King County Elections reminded potential voters.

If you are concerned about whether you can register in time, here are the deadlines for all the ways to register to vote in the general election:

  • Saturday, October 6:            Deadline for mail-in registrations and updates
  • Monday, October 8:             Deadline for online registrations and updates
  • Monday, October 29:           Deadline for in-person new registrations

However, if you miss the Oct. 6 mail-in deadline, there are two other ways to make sure that your vote counts.


Details, registration forms and links to online registration are available on the King County Elections website (www.kingcounty.gov/elections). The deadline to register online is Monday.

The "My Voter Guide" online tool allows voters to view their voter registration information and a list of candidates and measures that will appear on their ballot. Residents also can call the Voter Hotline on weekdays, 206-296-VOTE (8683).

In Person

The Elections office at 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, and Voter Registration Annex, 500 4th Avenue, Room 311, Seattle, both will be open on Monday, Oct. 8, Columbus Day.

Voters can visit King County Elections weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Annex is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Voter registration applications and updates submitted after voter registration deadlines will take effect after the Nov. 6 election. Voters who miss the deadlines to update their registration should contact the Elections office at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

Voter registration forms are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Cambodian, Korean, Laotian, Russian, and Vietnamese.

-- Information from King County Elections

You can check out coverage of Bellevue elections at the Bellevue Patch Elections 2012 Guide.


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