ELECTION 2019: Ballots begin arriving

Ballots, mailed Wednesday by King County Elections, started arriving today – the photo shows the two delivered by our postal-mail carrier. You can vote as soon as you get yours; once you do, you have two options for turning it in:

BALLOT DROP BOXES: They’re now open for dropoffs until 8 pm November 5th. We photographed that one outside the South Park Library while touring SP with the mayor Tuesday. It may be the closest one (8604 8th Ave. S.) if you’re in southeastern West Seattle. Others in our area: The Junction (south side of SW Alaska just west of California, with two reserved parking spots next to it), High Point Library (3411 SW Raymond), and White Center Library (1409 SW 107th). Here’s the full countywide list. (The county says they’re emptied at least once a day.)

POSTAL MAIL: No stamp needed. To ensure your ballot is postmarked by November 5th, don’t wait until the deadline!

Once you’ve turned yours in:

TRACKING YOUR BALLOT: You can do that here.

If you need assistance voting:

ACCESSIBLE VOTING: Online ballot-marking and in-person vote centers are two options, explained here.

P.S. Reminder of two more debates in the marquee race, City Council District 16 pm tonight in Arbor Heights and 11 am Saturday in The Junction

16 Replies to "ELECTION 2019: Ballots begin arriving"

  • Peter October 17, 2019 (2:58 pm)

    I had literal nightmares last night about being forced to vote for either Lisa Herbold of Phil Tavel. Luckily in real life I don’t have to vote for either of them. 

    • Erickson October 17, 2019 (4:58 pm)

      This attitude is bad for democracy and your city.

      • RCS October 18, 2019 (10:30 am)

        I 1000% agree! 

    • votescount October 17, 2019 (5:56 pm)

      Vote, just vote for the less crappy.  If you don’t, you only help the crappier win.

  • Matt P October 17, 2019 (2:59 pm)

    What do I do with ballots from a previous property owner?  For the primaries, I wrote return to sender, moved out of state, but the post office just put them right back in my mailbox.  I put them in outgoing again and they got sent back, but now I just got their ballots again today.

    • Bronson October 17, 2019 (4:49 pm)

      Vote early! Vote often! 😉🤣

    • BeSmart October 17, 2019 (5:58 pm)

      Do like you did before.  Don’t use the ballot for your own self interest unless you like jail, fines and possibly losing your rights to vote (felon)

    • New Mail Carrier October 17, 2019 (6:16 pm)

      I was going to tell you how it *should* work, but honestly we’re short handed, under trained and overworked. Try marking it again, put it in the ballot drop box and hope the county elections people are more on the ball than we are. 

    • chemist October 17, 2019 (6:43 pm)

      Use your recycle bin.  If you know where the previous owner is, you could mail them a cancellation form but it’s going to require a matching signature.   https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/register-to-vote/cancel-a-registration.aspx

  • Zmmr October 17, 2019 (6:27 pm)

    I will vote if someone buys me dinner. 

    • Eddie October 18, 2019 (7:20 am)

      Will you be ordering the Quid Pro Quo?

    • Graciano October 18, 2019 (2:20 pm)

      Taco Bell work for you?

  • Chris K October 18, 2019 (1:54 pm)

    I can’t wait to cast my vote for Lisa.

    • Drew October 18, 2019 (5:49 pm)

      My last straw with Lisa was when one of her supporters took the opportunity to canvas for her inside my condo building, something that’s never happened before.  I mean, c’mon.

  • anonyme October 24, 2019 (10:31 am)

    Peter’s choice is not anti-democracy, it is the epitome of it.  It is neither pro-democracy nor pro-Seattle to cast a mandatory vote for one of two very poor candidates, which is not unlike the 2016 presidential election.  I wrote in an alternative, which is both the right and duty of any voter with either conscience or an independent voice as an exercise of free speech.  I’m personally fed up with continually being forced to choose the lesser of two evils, rather than someone I actually respect or trust.

  • JAWG October 24, 2019 (12:26 pm)

    Is one of these lesser of two evils running for city council going to fight for the Yancy line or for a fair outcome for property owners that have their homes taken by ST? Or is the only choice for a tunnel advocate? Seems to me like the 3rd party funding should go to all property owners negatively affected in west seattle  instead or for expansion. 

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