King County voters face Tuesday deadline to return ballots

August 14, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 p.m. Aug. 14, 2011

The countdown to Election Day — Tuesday — is ticking.

King County voters must postmark or drop ballots in a drop box by 8 p.m. in order for ballots to be counted. Remember: Mailed ballots require a first-class stamp.

King County Elections offers a drop box at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, and other locations throughout the county.

In order to avoid Election Day lines, contact the elections office ASAP for a replacement ballot or to ask questions. The office’s Voter Hotline is open weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 206-296-8683.

If you plan to return your ballot from a post office on Election Day, check the schedule ahead of time, because some post offices recently reduced evening hours.

“We’re ready for the final rush of ballots over the next few days, and I encourage voters to return their ballots as early as possible,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “We’ve already received nearly 200,000 ballots and have projected a 52 percent turnout for this election.”

Though no Issaquah municipal or school board races appear on the August ballot, local voters decide on the county Veterans and Human Services Levy on Tuesday.

The elections office plans to release the initial batch of results at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday and on subsequent days at 4:30 p.m. Voters can also use the office’s website to track ballots and confirm receipt by King County Elections.

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