King County Elections mails ballots to voters

July 27, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:35 p.m. July 27, 2010

King County Elections has mailed 1.1 ballots to registered voters for the Aug. 17 primary election.

“Voting begins the day you get your ballot in the mail” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a news release. “Ballots must be returned no later than Election Day on Aug. 17, and our office is here to help, so be an informed voter and visit us online, call or stop by to get your questions answered.”

Ballots can be returned by mail through the U.S. Postal Service. Ballots require a first-class stamp and must be postmarked by Aug. 17. Track ballots online at the office’s website.

Ballots can also be returned at a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Find the boxes at the elections office in Tukwila and at the King County Administration Building in downtown Seattle.

Elections officials recommend for voters to:

  • Read the entire ballot front to back and top to bottom before voting
  • Read the voters’ pamphlet
  • Use a blue or black ink pen to fill out the ballot
  • Tear the stub off of the top of the ballot
  • Sign the back of the envelope using their official signatures

The elections office has also set up accessible voting centers for disabled voters. The in-person voting begins Wednesday at the Tukwila office. Locations open in Seattle and Bellevue on Aug. 16.

Issaquah voters face a primary ballot packed with legislative, congressional and judicial races. Create a personalized voter guide at the elections office website.

Voters will winnow the contenders in each race — regardless of party affiliation — to two candidates. The top candidates advance to the Nov. 2 general election.

Republican state Rep. Glenn Anderson will face Sammamish Democrat Dean Willard as he campaigns for a sixth term to represent the 5th Legislative District. The race also includes David Spring, the 2008 Democratic nominee for the seat, although local Democrats endorsed Willard for the post this year.

Besides Issaquah, the 5th Legislative District includes North Bend and Snoqualmie, as well as parts of Sammamish, Renton and unincorporated King County.

In the neighboring 41st Legislative District, voters will choose from Democratic state Rep. Judy Clibborn, Bellevue Republican Stephen Strader and independent candidate Orion Webster.

The district includes Talus, Cougar Mountain neighborhoods and part of unincorporated King County.

Issaquah voters will also pick the top two candidates from Donna Tucker, Larry Mitchell and Ketu Shah for a King County District Court contest. State Supreme Court contests will also appear on the August ballot.

Incumbent Congressman Dave Reichert, a Republican, has attracted several challengers, including Democrat Suzan DelBene.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat, faces Dino Rossi, a former Issaquah representative in the state Senate and former Republican gubernatorial candidate; Tea Party favorite Clint Didier and 12 lesser-known challengers.

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