Student Life

Election 2020

Resources for the UW community before and after Election Day 2020

 Election 2020 Resources and Campus Programming

There are several opportunities across the University for discussion and reflection with a focus on individual and community well-being before and after Election Day. See lists of resources and programming for the Seattle campus, UW Bothell and UW Tacoma.

(Note: this is a collaborative document created by several units across UW. Please send any questions or suggestions for additional opportunities to

Outreach toolkit

The assets below can help you get the word out and encourage your friends, loved ones, and communities to participate in the 2020 general election!

Hashtag: #HuskiesVote

Social media assets

Download UW-themed graphics designed for social media platforms.

Facebook Graphics


Instagram Feed Graphics


Instagram Story Graphics


Twitter Graphics


Email assets

Download UW-themed graphics designed for emails and e-newsletters.

Email Graphics


Quick facts

Interesting facts and tidbits about close elections and the importance of making your vote count.

Every Vote Counts

2018: The Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive in July was decided by just 17 votes.

2017: A Virginia House of Delegates race ended in a tie out of more than 23,000 votes cast. The tie was broken by pulling a name, placed in a film canister, out of a bowl. Republican David Yancey was declared the winner. The result was heightened by the fact that the win gave Republicans control of the state House by a single seat.

2016: A Vermont state Senate Democratic primary was determined by a single vote out of more than 7,400 cast.

2016: A Vermont state House seat was determined by one vote out of 2,000. Here’s what’s really crazy: This was a rematch, and when they first faced each other in 2010, the race was also decided by one vote — in the other direction.

2016: A New Mexico state House seat was decided by two votes out of almost 14,000.

2016: The margin on Election Day for a GOP primary for the U.S. House for the 5th Congressional seat from Arizona was just 16 votes, but it widened to 27 after a recount.

2016: A Wyoming state House GOP primary was decided by just one vote, 583 to 582.

2010: A state House race in Massachusetts ended in a tie, and the courts ordered a do-over. In the rerun, Republican Peter Durant wound up winning by just 56 votes out of about 8,000 cast.

2010: A state House race in Vermont was determined by one vote; another had a one-difference vote on Election Day, but was later widened to two).

2008: In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Al Franken defeated Republican Norm Coleman by just 312 votes out of almost 2.9 million votes cast. Franken’s win gave Democrats a 60-vote supermajority in the Senate.

2008: An Alaska state House race was won by four votes out of 10,000.

2006: A Democratic primary for an Alaska state House seat was decided by a coin toss to break a tie. The winner, Bryce Edgmon, is currently speaker of the Alaska House.

2004: A special election in Radford, Va., for commonwealth’s attorney was decided by one vote.

2002: A tie for a county commissioner seat in Nevada was determined by drawing the highest card. Amazingly, both candidates drew a jack, but the Democrat drew a jack of spades, which beat out the Republican’s jack of diamonds.

2002: A GOP state House primary in Washington state was determined by one vote out of more than 11,000 cast. The person who lost had to wonder what might have been when one of his fellow police officers confided that he forgot to mail in his ballot. “He left his ballot on his kitchen counter and it never got sent out,” he said.

Voter rights guide

Know your rights as a voter:

Voting in King County

Questions? Email or call 206-296-VOTE (8683).

Key Dates

  • October 14 – Ballots mailed
  • October 15 – Drop boxes open
  • October 19 – Voters should have their ballot in hand by the 10/19 mail delivery
  • October 26 – Deadline for online and mail voter registration
  • November 3 – Election Day! Drop boxes close at 8 p.m. sharp or ballots must be postmarked by today
  • November 23 – Final day to return the form to cure a challenge/fix a signature issue
  • November 24 – Certification Day, marks the official end of vote counting