In general, in odd-numbered years, Washington voters decide on local races and initiatives. In even-numbered years, they vote on state legislative races and Congress. Every four years, in even-numbered years, voters also decide on statewide races, including the governor, attorney general and secretary of state, as well as the President of the United States.
Sometimes these offices are decided out of order, because someone has died or quit. Beginning in 2026, some King County races, but not municipal races like Seattle's, will move to even years, to attract a higher turnout. Voters approved this change in November 2022.