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Published on October 7th, 2020 | by Nicole Gomez

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PCO Election Center

The primary responsibility of a Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) is to knock on their neighbors’ doors (or in the case of 2020, send postcards and make calls) to remind them to vote and provide materials on endorsed candidates.  PCOs form the backbone of the 36th’s Get Out The Vote effort, helping us win local and statewide races. The state party created a PCO handbook found here and King County Elections created a 2020 PCO manual linked here.

To answer some common questions about elections, we’ve created a FAQ section for your convenience.

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Frequently asked questions –
2020 General

King County Elections Calendar

What are the important dates/deadlines for the 2020 election?The King County Elections calendar is above. Notable dates are:

Oct. 13: Local Voter Pamphlets are mailed
Oct. 14: Ballots mailed; vote centers open
Oct. 15: Ballot drop boxes open
Oct. 26: Deadline to register or update your registration online or by mail
Nov. 3: Election Day! Ballots must be postmarked by today or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 pm. Last day to register in person and vote. Election day results posted by 8:15 pm.
Who is eligible to vote?To register to vote in the state of Washington, you must be:
* A citizen of the United States
* A legal resident of Washington state for at least 30 days prior to election day
* At least 18 years old by election day
* Not disqualified from voting due to a court order
* Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction

Here is information for felons and voters without a residential address.
Where do I register to vote?There are three ways to register to vote:

1. Online: 24 hours a day at the WA Secretary of State’s website. You will need your WA driver license, or a WA ID card.

2. By mail: Download/print a voter registration form and mail to King County Elections. Forms are available in many languages.

3. In-person: You can register at the King County Elections Office in Renton, or at a Vote Center. There are also community events where you can register.
I’m not 18 yet, can I preregister?Yes! 16- and 17-year-olds can preregister to vote. Registrants under the age of 18 will have their registrations held until they become eligible to vote. Here is a great video about preregistering.
How do I check if I’m registered?View your voter registration information, track your ballot, and read about contests on your ballot with this link.
How do I change my registration address?Have you updated your residential or mailing address? You can update your registration online or by mail until 8 days before an election or in-person through Election day. Registrations done by mail need to be received, not postmarked, by the 8 day deadline. Find out how here.
How do I update my registration signature?Over time, your signature may change. Have you changed your name? Have you had physical changes that have altered how you sign?
If you answered yes, you should update your signature on your voter registration.
Is there same day voter registration?You can register to vote online or by mail until 8 days before an election or in-person through Election day. Registrations done by mail need to be received, not postmarked, by the 8 day deadline. For info on how to do that, visit this link.
How do happy wheels demo I find out what’s on my ballot?View your voter registration information, track your ballot, and read about contests on your ballot with this link.

You may also visit this link for a list of ballot measures and this link for candidates in all of King County, not just your specific ballot.
Is the voter’s guide online?Yes, the 2020 General Election Voters’ Guide is now online. View the guide as a website, a PDF, as audio MP3s, and a video guide at the link.

You may also visit King County Elections for further information about the voters’ pamphlet.
How do I get a ballot?Ballots are mailed about three weeks prior to an election day, earlier to overseas and service voters.

If you’re registered to vote, you will receive a ballot by mail. Here is more information about getting a ballot, including how to get your ballot if you are going out of town.
Where do call I for ballot issues?You may contact King County Elections with questions about your ballot. The number is 206-296-VOTE (8683).

You may also visit the Washington State Democrats website at https://www.wa-democrats.org/ or call their voter hotline at (206) 309-VOTE
How do I mail in my ballot?No stamp needed to return your ballot! You can vote and return your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service as soon as you receive it. We recommend dropping your ballot in the mail by the Friday before Election Day to make sure it gets postmarked in time to be counted. Your ballot must be postmarked by Election Day.
Where are dropboxes located?Your ballots may be returned to a ballot drop box, no stamp is required. Your ballot must be returned to a ballot drop box by 8 pm on Election Day. Plan ahead to avoid lines.
May I take someone else’s ballot to a dropbox?Ballot collection is allowed. However, there is very important information you need if you plan on this, please contact chair@36th.org for information.
Is there a location to vote in person?King County vote centers are available to voters who need assistance completing their ballot. Trained staff and specialized equipment are available to help voters with disabilities cast a private, independent ballot.
Are there any accessible voting options?Voting by mail is a convenient option for most people. There are other options available if you need assistance voting. Those include an online ballot marking program for blind of low vision voters, vote centers, and other accessible voting options.
I lost my ballot and/or my envelope! Now what?Ballots will be mailed about 20 days before any election in which you are eligible to vote. Visit this link if you’ve misplaced your ballot and/or envelope.
How do I know if my ballot was received?View your voter registration information, track your ballot, and read about contests on your ballot with this link.
My signature was challenged! Where can I find more information about that?Signature challenges occur when a voter does not sign the back of the ballot return envelope or when the signature on the return envelope does not match the signature(s) in their voter registration record. Any voter with a signature challenge can fix the issue and have their ballot counted by filling out and returning a form to King County Elections before the day the election results are certified. Find out more here.
Who did the 36th District Democrats endorse?Here is the link to the 2020 General Election Endorsements of the 36th District Democrats.
Where can I find election results?On election day, Nov. 3rd at 8:15 pm, the results will be posted at this link and every subsequent day at 4 pm until the election is certified.

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