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King County general election ballots going out

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King County Elections began mailing more than 1.16 million ballots to voters via the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday. Ballots will arrive soon in mailboxes throughout King County.

The county already sent about 15,000 ballots to voters living overseas and those serving in the military to allow extra time for delivery.

This is the first presidential election since King County began voting by mail and since Washington became an all vote by mail state.

“Voters should watch for their ballots in the mail and contact us if they haven’t received it by Monday, Oct. 22,” said Sherril Huff, Elections director. “We anticipate a high turnout, and we encourage all voters to get their ballots voted and returned no later than the election day deadline —the earlier, the better.”

King County voters also will begin receiving their voters’ pamphlet in the mail this week. Voters will receive two voters’ pamphlets, a local one from King County and a state one from the Office of the Secretary of State. Voters’ pamphlets are available online, at Seattle and King County libraries, and at the Elections office in Renton.

You can vote and return your ballot as soon as you receive it. Ballots can be returned through the Postal Service, which requires a first class stamp, or they may be returned to any of the 15 ballot drop-off locations open for this election. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 6 or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on election day.

The county will use ballot drop-off vans as temporary drop-off locations again this election. The staffed vans first debuted in the August primary and will be at Kirkland City Hall, West Seattle Stadium and the University of Washington from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday before election day, and from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on election day. Ballots can also be returned to accessible voting centers during their business hours.

Tips for voting:

• Read the entire ballot top to bottom, and front to back before voting

• Read the voters’ pamphlet

• Use a black ink pen to fill out the ballot

• Tear the stub off of the top of the ballot

• Sign the voter declaration on the back of the envelope using your official signature

• Return your ballot early so that it is part of the Election Night results report and there is enough time to correct any issues that may be associated with your signature

In person registration deadline Oct. 29

King County residents not currently registered to vote in Washington can register in person at the King County Elections office or the Voter Registration Annex through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.

For more information, call 206-296-VOTE (8683).

 

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