[UPDATE: Lost your ballot? Go to Union Station to vote.]

Most people who are going to vote have already done so, but we won’t get any results till 8:15 pm tonight. Put your predictions, last minute exhortations, etc. in the comments.

And by all means don’t forget to drop your ballot off today.  If it’s a mailbox, make sure you do it before the last pickup of the day; better yet, save postage and drop it off at one of the Elections Dept. dropboxes by 8pm.

Dedicated procrastinators can check out our endorsements here, but why not do it later?

And don’t forget that I-1033 is hidden in the lower left-corner of your ballot.

*We all know the actual answer to this question is “Greg Nickels.”

28 Replies to “Who’s Gonna Run This Town Tonight?*”

  1. Why is the only Eastside ballot drop-box at Bellevue Crossroads? No locations in Redmond, Kirkland, downtown Bellevue or Mercer Island? Nothing near a freeway, either. There are eight locations in Seattle.

    This attempt to influence the election by only putting drop locations near the demographics you want to vote is BS.

      1. Then why have the drop boxes at all? Or are they supposed to be a convenient option for just certain voters? It’s a BS way to try to influence elections and it hurts the credibility of what is supposed to be a non-partisan government.

      2. The only reason for a drop box is that otherwise, mail-in voting’s stamp requirement becomes a ‘poll tax’.

      3. Oh quit your BS-ing. I speak as an Eastside resident myself who lives in Bellevue and works in Overlake. It had nothing to do with influencing the election

    1. There are more because they City of Seattle has “Seattle Neighborhood Service Center”. These are places where you can pay city light bills, get information about city services, etc and are funded by the City of Seattle, not the county.

      The county is only hosting two in the city of seattle but 12 outside the city. I think your accusation are completely unfounded. And you can always drop it off in the mailbox as Gorden said.

      1. I already mailed mine with a stamp. It’s the principle. Bellevue and Kirkland both have city halls and libraries that can host this just as easily.

        Frankly, I don’t want Bellevue, Redmond and Mercer Island voters to determine the outcome of this election, but I don’t think the way to do it is by providing (optional) ballot stations only in certain demographic areas. Either provide them everywhere equally or nowhere.

      2. “Either provide them everywhere equally or nowhere.”

        You could run for the Elections officer position ( it is an elected office now in KC ) otherwise buy some cheese for your w(h)ine…

      3. You’re sounding like a Chicago machine politicians.

        What’s wrong with fairness and the appearance of fairness in elections? It increases trust in government.

      4. What part of a stamp isn’t fair?

        Seriously, you haven’t shown that there’s any issue here at all.

      5. Adam is correct. Those “dropboxes” are the result of superior city services funded by city tax payers. I doubt their is anything stopping Eastside communities from funding neighborhood centers, well anything beyond lack of will. Don’t blame the county for something each independent area could help deal with.

      6. “I already mailed mine with a stamp. It’s the principle. Bellevue and Kirkland both have city halls and libraries that can host this just as easily.”

        Then you should ask Bellevue and Kirkland why they didn’t. Their taxpayers should pony up the tax dollars to host one. Oh wait…

        That being said, why are the return envelopes not postage paid? No “poll tax” and as easy as pie. Geez…who uses stamps anymore? :) There’s usually a rate increase before I go through a book. I think I’m even two rate increases behind now! I just ended up throwing two older ones on. Vote by mail feels a touch antiquated. Though I actually like going to polls…speaking of antiquated.

      7. They really should make it postage paid, I actually talked to a couple people while I was phonebanking for Dow Constantine who said that they didn’t want to vote because they didn’t want to pay for a stamp and didn’t feel like driving to a drop box.

    2. I believe there have been drop boxes at the DT Bellevue Library in the past. Not sure why they decided to only have one at Crossroads. Though I will point out there is a drop box location in Woodinville and Fall City which are both “Eastside” at least by some definitions.

      I suspect equity issues play into this somewhat. A number of the drop boxes are in what could be considered low-income areas.

      I seriously doubt there is any attempt to influence the election given that there are a number of drop boxes in areas that vote very differently than Seattle as a general rule.

    3. The real issue with the dropboxes is to give people a way to vote that doesn’t cost 44 cents. It makes sense, then, to put these things where 44 cents is likely to be a problem. Thus, you have a lot of coverage in South King County. The two county locations in Seattle are the County HQ (duh) and White Center. The county expenditure is weighted towards South King County, not Seattle.

      1. I bet the county also want so measure of supervision over he boxes so it has to be somewhere that has the staff to at least do that.

  2. As far as King County executive race is concerned, the choice is simple – vote for Dow Constantine if you like mass transit as a future option for getting around King County. Susan is nowhere sensible on this issue, despite her professed support for Light Rail.

    As far as the Seattle mayoral race is concerned, if you like the idea of the tunnel as a replacement for the crumbling viaduct, then vote for Joe Mallahan as the better of the two choices to keep Seattle on board the coalition for building it. (By the way, I have found lots of pro-tunnel arguments out there, but on balance, most of us just want the viaduct to go away and Seattle to get its waterfront back regardless of what replaces it) On the other hand, if you don’t (like me) like the idea of guns in Seattle parks and public spaces (or anywhere in Seattle for that matter), then Mike McGinn is your man. It is a bitter choice for voters in the Emerald City to have to make and I haven’t felt good about it since Greg Nickels got ignominuously thrown out in the primaries. If you like the idea of improving mass transit in Seattle, there doesn’t seem that much to choose from with either mayoral candidate. Either would be OK, but not necessarily great in the Mayor Nickels tradition of leadership and purpose.

    As far as 1033 is concerned, if you believe like me in strong governments at the local and state level with a strong revenue stream to maintain future services and standards, then vote the stupid measure down, assuming of course, that unlike me who dislikes Eyman on principle, you are one of those sometimes taken in by his stupid anti-government measures.

    1. Tim, if you feel strongly about the tunnel you can vote for whomever you like, but you really can’t equate the mass transit positions of the two.

      McGinn has come out pretty strongly to put further light rail expansion on the ballot soon. The planning study alone is a major step forward. He also prioritizes bike lanes and is interested in taking ROW away from cars to improve the flow of trains and buses. The McGinn platform is in fact far more aggressive than anything Nickels was proposing, although we’ll see if he can deliver as well as Nickels did.

      Joe Mallahan isn’t necessarily going to be a disaster for transit, but one agenda is clearly more specific and forward-looking than the other.

      1. Fair enough – I just want to be cantankerous to the end of this long and tiring campaign full of many twists and turns. I’ll admit, I haven’t really followed the platforms of either Seattle mayoral candidate too closely beyond the obvious points of contention and the awful slugfest debates the two of them have had on television the past few weeks.

        The crucial remark in your post above is wondering whether Mike could deliver as well as Greg Nickels has done and that I am not convinced of – and especially so if he manages to annoy either Olympia or King County with his opposition to the tunnel.

        To build up support for Light Rail outside of the Sound Transit’s sphere of control and ideas seems like a tall order to me, but welcome if he can achieve it and down whatever corridor he can secure the votes on. After all, the monorail project was conceived outside of Sound Transit and there is clearly a place for thinking outside of the agency, but at this point in time, am not sure how effective it would be with the recession and all.

        I feel that after tonight or whenever the election results are known that we will need to focus much of our attention of securing East Link to Bellevue over the I-90 bridge deck. We’ll need to make sure of this whoever wins the County race. Obviously, it will be doubly imperative if Susan wins, but with all the law suits knocking around, we can’t let our guard down even if Dow wins.

    2. If McGinn is elected we will get to vote to expand light rail within two years. With Mallahan we will have to wait a decade or more to get that chance. McGinn’s proposal is far more that Nickels ever offered.

      1. Important point – With Greg, decisions seemed often to be based on political expediency rather than what was important and right. With Mike, we can be sure that vote is going to happen in 2 years.

      2. With Mike, we can be sure that vote is going to happen in 2 years.

        Lloyd, we’ll have to see. The study could spit out a cost number beyond what anyone’s prepared to pay, or the Council could balk, or the thing could collapse under poor management, or we could get stuck with tunnel overruns that consumes all our taxing authority.

        That’s not to say that going down this road is worse than not doing so.

  3. McGinn was on the UW campus today for last-minute campaigning and I had a chance to talk with him for 20 seconds, told him I hailed from STB (to which he immediately responded with a big Santa grin) and that I was glad we endorsed him. Wished him luck tonight and he gave me a ‘Mike Bikes’ sticker. Tonight’s gonna be nerveracking!

    1. Not all of the commenters endorsed him or either candidate for that matter, but we don’t really count in the grand scheme of this miserable election.

  4. I just noticed that Constantine’s “I’m with Dow!” ad is shot in DT Bellevue Park, which is directly south to Kemper’s Empire, so you can clearly the Lincoln Square complex in the background.

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