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Charter Amendment No. 1
Even-Numbered Election Years for Certain County Offices

Shall the King County Charter be amended to move elections for the county offices of executive, assessor, director of elections and councilmembers from odd-numbered to even-numbered years?



Currently under the King County Charter, elections for assessor, councilmembers, elections director, and executive are held in odd-numbered years. As provided in Ordinance 19465, if Charter Amendment No. 1 is approved, it would move elections for these offices to even­ numbered years beginning in 2026 for the assessor, elections director, and councilmember districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 and to 2028 for executive and councilmember districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. The last odd-numbered year election for the assessor, elections director, and councilmember districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 would be held in 2023 and would be for a three-year term for each office. The last odd-numbered year election for the executive and councilmember districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 would be held in 2025 and would be a three-year term for each office. Elections for four-year terms would resume with the even-numbered year elections in 2026 and 2028.

Vote yes to increase turnout: By shifting to even-year elections for Executive, Assessor, Elections Director, and County Council with King County Charter Amendment 1, we’ll elect these important county officials in years when most voters consistently turn out, which will result in a much larger number of voters (up to twice as many!) participating in the selection of our future leaders.


Vote yes to diversify turnout: Data shows that odd-year electorates are significantly less diverse than even-year electorates. If we adopt this amendment, future elections for county offices will include more young voters, working class voters, voters of color, and renters.


Vote yes to amplify public discourse about King County’s issues and future: The media’s political coverage and community civic awareness are much stronger in even years. This amendment will empower future county candidates to run at times when more people are paying attention, which will be good for their campaigns and good for democracy.


Vote yes to align our county elections: We already regularly elect our Prosecuting Attorney in midterm years and our Superior Court judges in presidential years. With Charter Amendment 1, we’ll be electing all county officials at the same time and on the same ballots, just like 36 out of 39 counties in Washington State already do.


This amendment will simplify our elections and advance voting justice, deepening the connection between we the people of King County and our government.


Please join the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County, More Equitable Democracy, Sightline, Washington Community Alliance, Urban League, Washington Bus, ACRS, the Northwest Progressive Institute, and other trusted advocates for ballot access in voting yes this autumn.

Submitted by: Claudia Balducci, Ron Sims, Girmay Zahilay,

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

Simple majority (King County Charter sec. 800)

For questions about this measure, contact: Jeff Muhm, Chief Policy Officer, (206) 477-0951,

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