Records from King County Elections show that mayoral candidate Joe Mallahan has missed more elections than previously reported. He skipped 13 of the 25 elections since he registered to vote in April 2000—which means he’s missed more elections than he's participated in. The Seattle Times reported in May that he missed “six of the past 18 elections,” and the reelection campaign for Greg Nickels announced in August that Mallahan missed 10. But records released yesterday by elections officials show there are three more elections in which the man seeking your vote didn’t vote. According to county records, these are elections Mallahan skipped:

1) 2008 Primary Election: McDermott, governor, multiple state house and state representatives, judges, and numerous state officials

2) 2007 General Election: Initiative 960 (requiring a two-thirds majority for tax/fee increases); Referendum 67 (insurance reform); Senate Joint Resolution 8206 (Constitutional amendment requiring 1 percent of revenues transferred into rainy day fund); Engrossed House Joint Resolution 4204 (eliminated supermajority requirements for school levies); Proposition 1 (Roads/Transit); City Council races

3) 2007 Primary Election: Five city council races; one port race; one school board member

4) February 2007 Special Election: Two school propositions ($490 million capital levy, renewal of Educational Programs and Operations Levy)

5) 2005 Primary Election: County Executive; Seattle mayor, four city council races; two Monorail board members; two school board members

6) 2004 Primary Election: Senator (Murray/Nethercutt); Congress; governor, other state races; Seattle Families and Education Levy

7) February 2004 Special Election: Seattle Schools Levy

8) 2003 General Election: Five city council races and county assessor

9) 2003 Primary Election: Seattle school board, marijuana lowest priority initiative, latte tax initiative

10) May 2003 Special Election: King County regional parks levy

11) 2002 Primary Election: Congressional race primaries, Seattle Low-Income Housing Levy

12) 2001 Primary Election: Mayor’s race (when Paul Schell was ousted) and four city council races

13) February 2001 Special Election: Two Seattle School District Levies

An inventory of Mallahan’s missed elections shows he reliably participated in bigger, high-profile elections, like presidential contests and the final mayor’s race. But he's missed many of the primary and special elections. While those down-ticket races could be dismissed, those elections dealt with unglamorous operations of city government, which is exactly the sort of subjects Mallahan needs to understand—to have opinions about—to run the city. Very little of the mayor’s day-to-day work focuses on glamorous politics. And Mallahan's lack of participation in that sort of civic decision making reinforces the argument that Mallahan wasn’t invested in Seattle until he saw a top vacancy at City Hall, then essentially paid his way into the general election.

Additional reporting by news intern Garrett McCulloch