Watch your mailbox for primary election ballots

July 17, 2014

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. July 17, 2014

King County Elections has mailed ballots for the Aug. 5 primary election. Voters’ pamphlets are mailed separately and may arrive on a different day than ballots.

Voters may also get a customized voters’ pamphlet online.

There are a total of 119 candidates and 52 offices on the ballot, ranging from U.S. Representative to Washington state legislators, King County prosecuting attorney and district court judges.

Voters do not need to make a selection in every race for votes to count. Voters may leave a race blank or “write in” the name of a candidate for a race on the ballot. They shouldn’t write “none of the above” or a frivolous name; that increases processing costs.

Voters should read and follow directions on their ballots, sign the return envelope and get ballots back before the Aug. 5 election day deadline. Mailed ballots need a first-class stamp.

Voters also have 25 locations to return ballots without a stamp by 8 p.m. Aug. 5, including permanent drop-box locations (the Issaquah location is at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way). New this election, a scheduled ballot drop-off van will be at Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave S.E.

Citizens not yet registered to vote in Washington state have until July 28 at 4:30 p.m. to register in person at King County Elections offices to vote in the primary election at either King County Elections headquarters, 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton, open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or the King County Voter Registration Annex, 500 Fourth Ave., Room 440, Seattle, open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2–4:30 p.m.

Voters who don’t receive a ballot by July 23 or who have questions should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

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