Registered Voters Being Left Out

King County Elections calculates voter turnout based on the number of "Active Registered Voters" county wide. As of the August 2015 Primary, there are 1,287,568 total registered voters in King County. Of all registered voters 1,183,771 are active. 103,797 registered voters have been deemed inactive.

Current reporting practices exclude these registered voters who have bad addresses and are considered inactive voters. 

This means that there are over 100,000 voters that are being left out of voting process in every election cycle.

Below are the compared figures of turnout based on active registered voters as reported by King County Elections and turnout based on the total number of registered voters in King County.

Election Turnout of Active Voters Turnout of Total Voters
Primary 2009 31.56% 29.48%
General 2009 53.18% 48.97%
Primary 2010 37.81% 34.00%
General 2010 71.65% 63.51%
Primary 2011 30.90% 28.02%
General 2011 52.11% 46.26%
Primary 2012 38.92% 34.19%
General 2012 83.58% 75.03%
Primary 2013 28.64% 26.94%
General 2013 46.92% 43.25%
Primary 2014 29.32% 26.53%
General 2014 53.43% 48.08%
Primary 2015 24.46% 22.49%

All figures are calculated from Reconciliation Reports submitted by King County Elections to the Washington Secretary of State.