Editorial: Did ballot envelope issue deter voters?

August 12, 2014

Remember how simple voting used to be? You would drive or walk to your neighborhood voting place, sign in, get your ballot, go to the private voting area, drop your ballot in the secure box and be on your way. That wasn’t simple enough or possibly cost effective enough for King County, so we now have all mail-in voting.

In the recent primary election “some” (undisclosed number) return envelopes for ballots were found to be already sealed when voters opened the voting packets sent to them by King County Elections. That “some” was significant enough for King County Elections to send out a press release July 25 to the media in hopes of informing voters of the potential issue.

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First primary numbers find incumbents out front

August 12, 2014

Incumbents led the pack as King County announced the latest tally of primary ballots Aug. 8.

Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert shot out to an early lead in the 8th Congressional District race, gaining 35,979 votes or 58.97 percent. The Democratic challengers trailed with Jason Ritchie earning 19,479 or 31.93 percent and Keith Arnold receiving 5,440 or 8.92 percent.

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Off The Press — Election envelopes create sticky situation

August 12, 2014

Like any responsible procrastinator I pride myself at waiting to the very last minute to complete any task. So, on election eve, realizing this was the last chance to exercise my right to vote in the primary, I finally opened the envelope from King County Elections that had been sitting on my kitchen table for at least a month.

With a sense of duty I read through the names on my ballot and filled in the corresponding oval as neatly as a person with zero small motor skills possibly could. I progressed rather quickly, coming finally to the list of people running for the judge position. Like most voters I know nothing about any of these people so I did what I always do…voted for the person whose name seemed the most normal.

Joe Heslet

Joe Heslet

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Watch your mailbox for primary election ballots

July 17, 2014

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.

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Voter registration deadline is July 7 for primary election

July 5, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 5, 2014

Citizens who want to vote in the Aug. 5 primary election have until Monday, July 7, to register to vote or update voter registration information online or by mail.

King County Elections will mail primary election ballots to all registered voters July 16, so it is important that citizens register to vote and keep their address and other information, including their signature, updated.

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Monday is last day to register to vote in special election

April 13, 2014

NEW — 10 a.m. April 13, 2014

If you’re not yet registered to vote, you must register in person by 4:30 p.m. April 14 to vote in the April 22 Special Election that will include the countywide measure Proposition 1.

Proposition 1 would provide dedicated transportation funding available to preserve current Metro Transit service levels and provide transportation improvements, including road preservation, safety and maintenance projects, by authorizing the King County Transportation District to levy a 0.1 percent sales and use tax and a $60 vehicle fee, each for up to 10 years.

Proposition 1 would also establish a low-income vehicle fee rebate of $20 and provide funding for a low-income Metro Transit fare.

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King County sends ballots for April 22 special election

April 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 2, 2014

King County Elections mailed ballots April 1 for the April 22 special election.

Since the ballot includes a countywide measure, all voters will receive a ballot and a voters’ pamphlet, which will be mailed separately. All voters will receive the same voters’ pamphlet.

Voters should return ballots as early as possible, but no later than Election Day, April 22.

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City Council considers offering annexation to parts of Klahanie PAA

March 18, 2014

Issaquah might still offer annexation to parts of the Klahanie area — and that might take another year.

In the March 10 City Council work session and the March 11 Land and Shore Committee meeting, exploring next steps for the Klahanie potential annexation area took center stage. King County Elections certified the Feb. 11 special election results Feb. 25, in which residents in that area voted whether to join the city of Issaquah. Needing 60 percent to pass and for those residents to assume the city’s bonded indebtedness, the vote earned 49.47 percent in favor of joining Issaquah.

Council President Paul Winterstein identified five options available to the council for consideration in light of the certified vote.

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King County certifies Issaquah school levies

March 4, 2014

King County Elections has officially certified results for the three Issaquah School District levy measures that appeared on the Feb. 11 ballot.

On the certification date, Feb. 25, all three measures passed by wide margins. A four-year maintenance and operations levy received 69.27 percent support; a four-year capital projects and critical repairs levy got 70.31 percent support; and a one-year transportation levy passed with 70.89 percent support.

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Klahanie votes against annexation; Issaquah approves the bag ban

February 25, 2014

Issaquah’s ban on plastic bags still stands, while a Klahanie-area annexation continues to fall short.

As of Feb. 21, 1,504, or 49.51 percent, of the residents in the Klahanie area voted in favor of the annexation and to take on the encumbered debt of Issaquah, while 1,534, or 50.49 percent, voted against it.

Although the measure needs 60 percent to pass with the new residents sharing the city’s indebtedness, the City Council can still choose to annex the area if the vote receives a simple majority. Under that scenario, the Klahanie area would not assume its share of the city’s current indebtedness.

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