Watch mailboxes for ballots next week

January 16, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 16, 2010

Almost 1.1 million King County ballots will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service on Jan. 20 for delivery.

King County voters will decide a King County Library System levy, and Issaquah School District voters will decide school levies on the Feb. 9 ballot.

The school measures would raise property tax rates to help pay for school district equipment, like new school buses, and the library measure, Proposition 1, would maintain library services.

Ballots for the all-mail election are sent to voters 20 days before elections. Officials mailed nearly 17,000 ballots to voters serving in the military and people living overseas and out of state Jan. 8, to allow extra time for delivery.

Ballots must be returned to the elections office or postmarked by Feb. 9.

“Ballots are about to be mailed out and I’d like to remind voters to be ready and set to vote in the upcoming election,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “Starting next week, watch your mailbox for your ballot and voters’ pamphlet, read your ballot from front to back and top to bottom, and be sure to return your ballot by Election Day.”

Create a personalized voter pamphlet, confirm registration information and track ballots at the elections office Web site.

Elections officials will also set up three accessible voting centers for people with disabilities. In-person, accessible voting begins Jan. 20 at the elections office, 9010 E. Marginal Way S., Tukwila. The site will be open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Seattle and Bellevue accessible-voting locations will open Feb. 8.

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