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Your vote: make it count

Count yourself in during this election; watch your mailbox for general election ballots. Most Islanders should have received their votes this past weekend.

King County Elections ballots have been mailed for the Nov. 5 general election. Voters’ pamphlets are mailed separately by bulk mail and may arrive on a different day than ballots. All households will receive two voters’ pamphlets for this election, the state edition and the King County local edition.

“Voters can mark and return their ballots starting the day they receive them,” said Sherrill Huff, Elections Director. “Getting ballots back early gives voters extra time in case there are any problems with their signatures. It also helps us save taxpayers money since processing is more efficient when ballots come in ahead of the election day deadline.”

Voters can return ballots by mail with a first class stamp, postmarked by Nov. 5, or by 8 p.m. Nov. 5 to any of 25 locations, including ballot drop-off boxes, drop off vans, and Accessible Voting Centers.

Drop-off locations now include 12 scheduled drop vans (up from three last year) to provide better service for voters. There are also ten 24-hour drop boxes. Drop boxes are open 24 hours/day until 8 p.m. Nov. 5, vans will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 and Nov. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day, Nov. 5.

Voters’ pamphlets are available online, at Seattle and King County libraries, and at the Elections office, 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton.

 

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