Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ready, set, vote!

Primary ballots mailed today to all registered voters.

Nearly 1.1 million ballots were delivered to the USPS today and will be arriving soon to mailboxes throughout King County. Ballots were mailed to voters serving in the military and those living overseas and out of state on July 17 to allow extra transit time for delivery.

Now that King County votes entirely by mail, ballots are automatically sent to all registered voters 20 days before each election in which they are eligible to vote, making voting easy and convenient. There is no need for voters to re-register or request their ballot be sent to them. Ballots must be returned to Elections or postmarked by August 18, Election Day. Your signature is just as important as your vote; remember to take your time when signing your ballot envelope.

“This is King County’s second countywide, all-mail election,” said Sherril Huff, King County Elections Director. “We have many new on-line features available to help voters with the vote-by-mail process, and we also encourage anyone who would like to see their elections office in action to come to our facility in Renton and view ballot processing from our public observation loop.”

The King County Elections Web site is a great tool for every voter as the “one-stop-shop” for everything related to the election. The ‘your voter guide’ feature allows voters to create a personalized voters’ pamphlet, confirm registration information and find answers to frequently asked questions. Voters can also track the status of their ballot’s journey at three different tracking points. Visit for more information.

To ensure that voters with disabilities are able to cast a private and independent ballot, three accessible voting centers are available for the August 18 election. In-person accessible voting begins today for all voters at King County Elections' Renton office, weekdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Seattle and Bellevue locations will open on August 14.

For more information on the August 18 primary and special election, visit

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