King County Elections offers options to voters still waiting for ballots

November 8, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8, 2011

Voters still waiting on ballots can participate in the November election, King County Elections announced Tuesday — the deadline to postmark or return ballots to drop boxes.

On Monday, the Washington Secretary of State’s Office said officials had not received updated voter registration information from the state Department of Licensing. The state allows people to register to vote and update registration information, such as addresses, through the Department of Licensing.

The affected voters recently used the Department of Licensing website to register or update registration information. Statewide, the problem could mean delayed ballots for about 21,000 voters.

King County pays to have ballots forwarded to voters if they move or change addresses. Officials said most registered voters in King County should have received their ballots in the mail.

If you have not received a ballot, or believe you have received the wrong ballot, call the elections office hotline at 206-296-VOTE.

Even though Tuesday is Election Day and the last day to vote in the election, King County Elections offers options for all registered voters to participate. If questions arise about eligibility, voters can cast a provisional ballot.

“We communicate extensively to remind voters to contact us to update their voter information or to check with us if they haven’t received their ballots in the mail,” King County Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “We have begun working with the information we’re getting from the State to ensure that all of the King County voters impacted by this problem are properly registered, but we believe that many of their records have already been updated.”

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