Issaquah City Council sends plastic bag ban to February vote

October 22, 2013

NEW — 2:45 p.m. Oct. 22, 2013

Voters will ultimately decide the fate of Issaquah’s plastic bag ban.

In a unanimous decision, the City Council approved a resolution to hold a special election Feb. 11 to ask voters whether a ban on plastic bags should continue.

“Over 60 percent of the citizens that contacted me were in favor of that ordinance,” Councilman Paul Winterstein said, defending his vote in favor of the original ban. “And I followed that duly and I take that very seriously. But we’re also a city of laws. I’m in favor of putting it in front of a vote, and I can accept whatever outcome that comes.”

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Issaquah plastic bag ban appeal request bags enough signatures

October 4, 2013

NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 4, 2013

The petition is in the bag.

After consumer group Save Our Choice fought a long battle to gather enough local support, King County officially approved the petition to end the ban on plastic bags Oct. 4.

“King County Elections has completed verification of the signatures submitted to our office for the City of Issaquah Initiative Petition regarding the Repeal of Plastic Bag Ban and Forced Paper Bag Charge,” Sherril Huff, director of King County Elections Department wrote in her letter notifying Save Our Choice of the findings.

“Of the signatures that were compared against those on file with our office, 2,597 were determined to be registered voters of the city of Issaquah,” she wrote. “Since that number met the requirement of 2,549, it is determined that the petition is sufficient.”

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Register to vote by Oct. 7

October 1, 2013

Election Day is not until Nov. 5, but citizens should prepare now to make sure their voice counts by registering to vote.

Oct. 7 is the deadline for mail-in registration, address change and other updates.

More information about registration — by mail or online — is available at the King County Elections registration website, www.kingcounty.gov/elections/registration.

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Register to vote by Oct. 7

September 24, 2013

Election Day is not until Nov. 5, but citizens should prepare now to make sure their voice counts by registering to vote.

Oct. 7 is the deadline for mail-in registration, address change and other updates.

More information about registration — by mail or online — is available at the King County Elections registration website, www.kingcounty.gov/elections/registration.

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Extra filing period scheduled to fill Fire Protection District 10 commissioner position

July 27, 2013

NEW – 6 a.m. July 27, 2013

King County Elections will hold a three-day candidate-filing period for a commissioner position at King County Fire Protection District No. 10.

The special filing period will begin at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 7 and end at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Fire Protection District No. 10 covers areas around Issaquah, Carnation, Preston and Sammamish.

The new filing period follows the May filing period, in which no candidates stepped up. Candidates who file will appear on the Nov. 5 election ballot. There are no filing fees.

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Register by Monday to vote in August primary election

July 26, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 26, 2013

King County residents who are not currently registered to vote in Washington can register in person at the King County Elections office or the Voter Registration Annex. In order to vote in the August primary election, you must register by 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 29.

King County Elections is at 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

The Voter Registration Annex is in the King County Administration Building,  500 Fourth Ave., Room 311, Seattle. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and then 2-4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Voters must be citizens of the United States, a legal resident of Washington state, at least 18 years old by Election Day, not disqualified from voting due to a court order and not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.

Find out more by calling the King County Voter Hotline at 206-296-8683 or here.

King County is sending out election ballots, adding drop-off locations

July 18, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 18, 2013

Ballots and voters’ pamphlets are arriving in King County mailboxes this week for the Aug. 6 primary elections. All ballots should be delivered by July 24.

There are now 25 locations, including Accessible Voting Centers, at which voters can return their ballots, according to Sherril Huff, King County elections director.

The locations include 10 24-hour drop boxes, one of which is located in Issaquah City Hall. Get information here about where you can drop off your vote.

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Study: Washington election system is No. 2 in United States

February 8, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 8, 2013

Washington ranked No. 2 among states for election administration performance in 2010, according to a national study.

In the Elections Performance Index unveiled by the Pew Charitable Trusts on Tuesday, Washington ranked near the top after researchers examined election administration performance across all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

“It’s great news that Washington is one of the very top states when it comes to the accessibility and integrity of elections and voter registration,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Washington’s top elections official, said in a statement. “I appreciate the hard work put into the index and how it provides an objective set of measurements to look at how we and other states are conducting elections.”

Other top-performing states include Colorado, Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

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King County matches turnout record in election

December 4, 2012

King County matched the record for voter turnout in a presidential election, and achieved other milestones in the Nov. 6 contest, officials announced late Nov. 27 after certifying the results.

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Office solves voters’ ballot signature issues

December 4, 2012

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.

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