County elections chief reminds last-minute voters about 8 p.m. deadline

August 16, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Aug. 16, 2011

The deadline is approaching fast, but last-minute voters can still cast a ballot.

The deadline to return a ballot to a drop box is 8 p.m. Tuesday. If a voter decides to submit a ballot by mail instead, the ballot must be postmarked Aug. 16.

Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, is a ballot drop box location. King County Elections opened other drop boxes countywide.

If a voter has lost or misplaced a ballot, he or she contact the elections office ASAP for information about voting options. Call the voter hotline until 8 p.m. at 206-296-8683.

“This primary election is proceeding very smoothly,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “Turnout is a bit less than we had prepared for, but is consistent with past primary elections. I’m very pleased that our operations have returned to our Renton headquarters, where voters can visit and view ballots being processed.

The elections office plans to post the initial results online at 8:15 p.m. The total should include about 200,000 ballots. Check for updates at 4:30 p.m. on subsequent days until the election is certified Aug. 31.

The public can visit King County Elections during business hours and complete a self-guided tour of the ballot-processing area.

Secretary of State Sam Reed, Washington’s chief elections official, said turnout in odd-year elections is typically not as strong as in even-numbered years, as hotly contested races generate heavy voter and media attention, as well as advertising blitzes.

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