Watch in real time as King County Elections opens ballots

October 22, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 22, 2010

King County Elections starts to process more than 20,000 ballots at 8:30 a.m. — and anyone can watch the process unfold in real time.

The office has set up a live webcam to display activities in the ballot-opening area at elections headquarters in Tukwila. Ballots then head to additional steps of processing. Learn about the steps here.

The webcam is to remain active ’round the clock until the election is certified Nov. 23.

“We know voters are curious about how their ballots are handled once they’ve been voted and returned,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a news release. “Our election cam allows anyone to view the ballot opening part of the process from the convenience of their own computer.”

The elections team opens and inspects ballots after a voter’s signature on the return envelope has been verified.

King County is the largest county in the United States to conduct elections entirely by mail. The elections office expects to process more than 700,000 ballots for the upcoming election.

Election Day is Nov. 2, and ballots must be postmarked or returned by 8 p.m. The elections office has added a ballot drop box at Issaquah City Hall.

People can still register to vote in the election until Monday. Learn more about registration here.

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