King County Elections opens accessible voting centers

November 6, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Nov. 6, 2012

King County Elections opened additional accessible voting centers to enable voters with disabilities to cast a private and independent ballot.

Officials said voting by mail is the easiest and most accessible choice for many people, but some voters have difficulty filling out mail ballots. The accessible voting centers provide voters the opportunity to vote on touchscreen accessible voting units. The units also offer specialized equipment such as audio and large and high-contrast text options.

The closest accessible voting center to Issaquah is at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. N.E. Other locations include Green River Community College, North Seattle Community College and Seattle Union Station, plus the elections office in Renton.

The centers open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Voters casting a ballot at the accessible voting centers must either show photo identification or sign a declaration. The signature on the declaration must match the signature in the voter registration record.

The accessible voting centers also offer ballot drop boxes for voters.

Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 6 or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day. King County Elections opened a ballot drop box at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

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.

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