Seattle City Council Districts
This year, voting for Seattle City Council positions will be by district, a result of a measure Seattle voters passed in 2013. In the upcoming primary and general elections, voters will elect seven out of nine councilmembers by district. The remaining two positions (8 and 9) will be elected "at large" (citywide).
Listen to a 15 second clip explaining council districts.
Find out what district you live in at the King County Lookup Tool.
And if you'd like printable versions of the maps, you can find them at King County's website or the links below:
- City Council Districts Composite Map
- Precinct maps within each district:
- All nine Councilmember seats will be up for election and the transition will occur during that city election
- Seven districted Councilmembers will be elected to four-year terms
- The remaining two at-large Councilmembers will be elected to a two-year term
- The two at-large seats will be elected to four-year terms
- The at-large Councilmembers will from this point forward be on the same election cycle as the Mayor and City Attorney
In 2013, Seattle voters passed a measure amending our city's charter to establish City Council districts. In 2015, voters will elect seven out of the nine City Council members by district. The remaining two positions will be elected "at-large" (city-wide) in positions 8 and 9. Read the City Auditor's Report on district elections.
When do district boundaries go into effect?
The 2015 elections will be the first elections conducted by district. Candidates seeking election to any of the seven district seats will need to have been a resident of the district for at least 120 days prior to filing a declaration of candidacy.
How were the new district boundaries decided?
Charter Amendment 19 included the district boundaries in the initiative and were based on population. When voters adopted district elections, they also adopted the district lines included in the initiative.
Where and when can candidates who want to run for Council seats file?
Seattle residents interested in running for City Council in 2015 should visit the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission's Elections page and contact the Campaign Finance and Training staff early in their decision-making process to discuss campaign finance reporting obligations.
In order to appear on the ballot, candidates must file a Declaration of Candidacy with King County Elections between May 11 and May 15. Payment of the filing fee or signatures submitted in lieu of the filing fee must be submitted with the Declaration of Candidacy. For additional information on this process, please contact King County Elections.
When will boundaries be redrawn and how?
Per the voter-approved change to the City Charter, in the fall of 2022, and every ten years after that, a five-member Districting Commission will be created to redraw the district boundaries. To the extent practical, the redrawn district boundaries shall follow existing district boundaries, recognized waterways and geographic boundaries, and Seattle communities and neighborhoods.