King County Elections mails 1.16 million ballots to voters
October 17, 2012
NEW — 9:30 a.m. Oct. 17, 2012
King County Elections plans to mail more than 1.16 million ballots to voters Wednesday as all-mail voting starts in federal, state and local contests.
The election marks the first presidential contest since King County started conducting all-mail elections and since Washington transitioned to a vote-by-mail state.
“Voters should watch for their ballots in the mail and contact us if they haven’t received it by Monday, Oct. 22,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “We anticipate a high turnout, and we encourage all voters to get their ballots voted and returned no later than the Election Day deadline — the earlier, the better.”
King County voters should also start receiving voters’ pamphlets in the mail in the coming days. Voters receive a local pamphlet from the county and a state pamphlet from the Office of the Secretary of State.
Voters’ can also find the pamphlets online, at Seattle and King County libraries, and at the elections office in Renton.
Voters can vote and return ballots as soon as ballots arrive. Ballots can be returned through the U.S. Postal Service with a first-class stamp. Or, voters can return ballots to 15 ballot drop-off locations countywide. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 6 or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
The elections office opened a ballot drop box at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.
The county is also using ballot drop-off vans as temporary drop-off locations. The staffed vans debuted in the August primary.
Voters can find voter drop-off vans at Kirkland City Hall, West Seattle Stadium and the University of Washington from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day, and from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Ballots can also be returned to accessible voting centers during business hours.
The election already sent about 15,000 ballots overseas and military voters to allow extra time for delivery.