King County Hits New Low For Voter Turnout

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DID YOU KNOW? King County hit a new record low of voter turnout in this August’s primary at just 24%. If we want a more representative and vibrant democracy, we must demand leadership that will take on this crisis of voter participation.

 

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Since King County transitioned to an all vote by mail system, voter turnout has seen a steady decline. In this August’s primary only 24% of active registered voters cast a ballot, a new record low. If we want a more representative and vibrant democracy we must demand leadership that will aggressively tackle this crisis in voter participation. King County Elections must adapt more quickly to changing demographics and provide a vision for the future to stimulate voter turnout.

 

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When Washington moved to an entirely vote by mail system, everyone expected an increase in voter turnout. Since the move, voter participation has seen a steady decline reaching a new low with only 24% of active King County voters participating in this August’s primary. When you include all registered voters, turnout was actually 22%. This is unacceptable. If we want a more representative and vibrant democracy, we must demand leadership that will aggressively tackle the crisis of voter participation. We should eliminate as many barriers to voting as possible, including advocating to remove the poll tax cost of postage. Demographics have changed and are continuing to change in King County. King County Elections must adapt more quickly and have a vision for the future to stimulate declining voter turnout.