ballot drop box

Tuesday, August 2 is primary election day. It’s time to fill out your ballot and mail it in (with 1st class postage, worth at least 47 cents), take your ballot to the nearest drop box, or get in line at an accessible voting center.

You must get your ballot postmarked by Tuesday, drop it at a drop box by 8 pm Tuesday, or get in line at a voting center by 8 pm Tuesday. Don’t forget to sign, date, and put your email or phone on the return envelope.

29 ballot drop boxes are available around the county, and around the clock, including one at the King County Administration Building, 500 4th Ave.

Accessible Voting Sites are open today until 7 pm and tomorrow until 8 pm at Union Station (upstairs from International District / Chinatown light rail station), King County Elections HQ in Renton, and Bellevue City Hall. Voting opens at Elections HQ at 8:30 am, and at the other two sites at 10 am.

For Pierce County, click here for a list of drop boxes and accessible voting sites.
For Snohomish County, click here for accessible voting sites and here for drop boxes.

Feel free to check out STB’s endorsements before filling out your ballot.

For questions about voting in King County, contact elections@kingcounty.gov or call 206-296-VOTE.

21 Replies to “Vote by 8 PM Tuesday”

  1. Would anybody like to help me start gathering signatures for an amendment to the Washington State Constitution bringing back poll voting?

    Mark Dublin

    1. Because waiting in long lines only to then panic when you forgot who you were voting for is so much better than taking my time, doing research and voting at my own leisure.

    2. No. No no no no no no no. No no. No.

      As someone who recently moved here, I can’t begin to tell you how much easier and more accessible voting by mail is. No waiting in huge lines after work. No blindly bubbling in the names of people running for offices you’ve never even heard of based on party list alone. Having the actual ballot in front of you so that you can research the candidates is huge improvement on the experience.

      There are also much fewer opportunities for voter supression, which is unfortunately a concern in this day and age. Right now, you can choose your only barrier to voting: physically going to a dropbox sometime in a two-and-a-half week window, many of which you’d be passing by anyway, or a 47-cent stamp.

    3. Why would we want to do that? The current system is an improvement. Hopefully it will spread to the states where people are waiting hours to vote or giving up because they can’t wait that long.

    4. The accessible voting site at Union Station is easier to find that a lot of the random sites that changed up every election. I hated having to figure out where my voting site was each time, and how I was going to be able to get there in the hours it was open. So, I voted absentee regularly.

      1. 70% of voters were absentee. The counties switched to all-mail one by one to save money, saying that having two voting systems cost as much as two elections. The voters had voted with their feet.

    5. Ugh. About the only thing I miss about poll sites was the cookie afterward and the sticker “I voted”.

      FYI, if your ballot was MIA in the mail, it is easy to call up your voter registration and print out a new ballot and envelope sleeve.

      1. Thanks, Baselle, for beginning with the single three letter acronym for the very Governmental condition I’m trying to cure. Which is itself responsible for the attitude behind every single complaint above about voting in person.

        In our country, Government, which includes “The Government”, isn’t Alderwood Mall. Let alone The Home Shopping Network. And we’re not customers. It’s a lot more like a machine shop. We’re supposed consider ourselves at the levers and wheels of massive and complex powered tools.

        Which as members of a three hundred million member cooperative, we all own and voluntarily operate. Not to surrender our individuality, but to multiply it. Which means large and well attended membership meetings.

        What I’ve got in mind is Election Day celebrated as a public holiday in Washington State. Definitely a commercial one, Specials and all. Public transit, free. With transit lanes enforced, and if possible, raised prices for parking.

        Frankly, I don’t even think we need machines. Just actual public places where people can come in and leave off their ballots, wherever they want to fill them out. And special attention to bringing children into the event. Best poll-worker memory was watching parents pick up their three-year-olds to let them drop the ballot. As the children usually demanded.

        For my real thinking, though, get a paper Day Pass – $4.00 full fare on LINK- and ride back and forth from Sea-Tac to Husky Stadium for whole time the fans are arriving. Look how many people there are, and how willing. And how close they really enjoy being packed – maybe real reason LINK is named after a sausage. Horrible thought: Jimmy Dean buying a “Wrap!”

        And how much, in cash, this event is worth to both UW, and the State of Washington. Private donors, game tickets, and the financially-complicated rest, the sharpest minds in private and public finance think these gatherings are understatedly worth every penny of a lot of academically-oriented tax money.

        So maybe, legitimately, Election Day and all its public events can be scheduled on a Game Day. Because, as every football school accountant knows,even more than coaches, players, and fans do….Spirit is survival itself.

        Present Election year proves the result of its absence. In your opening word, Baselle, whatever the vote count, the conditions that gave us present choice of candidates show that our country could very well be on its way to being an Un Governable Hell.

        Mark Dublin

  2. Mailing your ballot today or tomorrow does not guarantee that it will be postmarked by August 2nd. If you haven’t mailed your ballot by now, it’s best to use one of the drop boxes or have it stamped by counter staff at the post office.

    Also, there are no drop vans anymore (most have been replaced by drop boxes). The drop location that used to be at the Rainier Community Center has been moved to the New Holly library (it’s now a drop box however).

    1. If you put your properly-stamped ballot envelope in the mail today (Monday), what are the odds it won’t get post-marked for Monday or Tuesday?

    2. If you are using a blue USPS box, its time to look carefully at when the mail is picked up from the box and plan accordingly. But I’m guessing that since the ballot envelope is so distinctive from most other mail that the postal staff will sort them out and postmark them first. It is a guess though. Today I would be confident, tomorrow not so much.

  3. I’ll take voting on a couch with a beer in one hand and research materials in the other over trying to search out my local polling place before it closes any day. Then there are the many places in the country where voting means standing in line for hours. I gloat to my family in other states every time there’s an election.

    1. It’s probably against the law for government to pay anyone to vote. The stamp could be construed as “payment”.

    2. Postage is a “payment”? It’s an adjustment for a side effect of the voting system the county chose. Not having postage-paid is arguably a poll tax for those who don’t live near a dropbox, especially if they have to drive to another city to get to one.

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