Office solves voters’ ballot signature issues

December 4, 2012

By Staff

King County Elections solved signature problems on more than 13,000 ballots.

If Jonathan Doe is registered to vote as such, but signs the ballot as John Doe, the elections office contacts the voter to resolve the signature issue.

Signatures on the ballot and in the registration information must match. Washington State Patrol-trained elections staffers contacted voters to resolve problems on signature-challenged ballots.

If the postmark on a ballot is illegible, elections workers use the signature date in order to process the ballot.

The elections office beefed up efforts to educate voters about ballot procedures and election deadlines. Ballots must be postmarked by or slipped into a ballot drop box on Election Day.

Starting before the August primary, King County Elections joined other elections offices in the region to launch a voter education campaign featuring local celebrities, including Olympic gold medal swimmer Nathan Adrian and mystery author J.A. Jance.

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