Watch your mailbox for primary election ballots starting tomorrow

July 14, 2015

NEW — 2:20 p.m. July 14, 2015

King County Elections will mail ballots July 15 for the Aug. 4 primary election.

Voters’ pamphlets are mailed separately and may arrive on a different day than ballots. Voters may also check MyVoterGuide online for a customized voters’ pamphlet.

Voters should read and follow directions on their ballots, sign the return envelope, and get ballots back before the Aug. 4 election day deadline. Mailed ballots need a first-class stamp; postage is now 49 cents. Voters also have 24 locations to return ballots without a stamp by 8 p.m. Aug. 4, including permanent drop-box locations, scheduled ballot drop-off vans and Accessible Voting Centers.

In Issaquah, you can drop off ballots 24 hours a day at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, from July 16 to Aug. 4. In Sammamish, a drop van will be at City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1 and 3 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

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Klahanie-area voters decide to go with Sammamish

May 20, 2015

Now that the vote overwhelmingly in favor of the annexation of Klahanie and some surrounding neighborhoods has been finalized, the next step is Sammamish City Council action to formally request the annexation.

According to final numbers from King County elections, the annexation question passed 2,467 to 400, or 86 percent to 13.9 percent in the April 28 election.

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Tim Flood announces candidacy for Issaquah City Council

May 20, 2015

Tim Flood has announced in a news release that he will run for the Issaquah City Council.

Tim Flood

Tim Flood

Flood has filed a declaration with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission and King County Elections for Position 4.

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Editorial — Get ready for election season

April 14, 2015

If you’ve been thinking about taking on an important leadership role within the city of Issaquah, the time has come to take the next step. Candidates must file for election by May 15.

The terms for three Issaquah City Council positions are set to expire at the end of the year — council position No. 2 (Nina Milligan), council position No. 4 (Joshua Schaer) and council position No. 6 (Paul Winterstein).

Milligan and Schaer announced last week that they will not seek re-election.

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King County Elections debuts Instagram campaign for National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 23

September 22, 2014

NEW — Noon Sept. 22, 2014

National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 23, and election officials remind residents that now is a good time to be sure your voter registration is updated and encourage eligible citizens to register to vote.

In addition, King County Elections has launched an Instagram campaign to encourage voter registration in a new, fun way. Voters can take a “selfie” with a sign saying “I’m registered to vote, are you?”

Tag your photos #kceNVRD and @kcelections and your photo could be featured on its Instagram feed.

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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.

Voters can check to make sure their registration information is current by: Read more

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