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Ballot drop box at Ballard Library open until 8 p.m. tonight

November 6th, 2012 by Doree

From our sister site, MyBallard:

If you’re a last-minute voter, you still have time to get your ballot in. There’s a ballot drop box at the Ballard Library, and it will be open until 8 p.m. tonight.

To view other drop box locations, click here.

You can also mail your ballot, but make sure you get it to the post office before closing time.

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Primary election ballots are due today

August 7th, 2012 by Doree

Don’t forget that today is the primary election. Either put your ballot in the mail today, or drop it in a ballot box by 8 p.m. (no stamp needed for ballot boxes).

The nearest ballot box to Phinney Ridge and Greenwood is at the Ballard Library, on the corner of NW 57th Street and 22nd Avenue NW.

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Don’t forget to vote by tomorrow

November 7th, 2011 by Doree

Tomorrow is election day in King County. Don’t forget to get your ballot in the mail so it can be postmarked by Tuesday. Or you can drop it in an official Ballot Box in front of the Ballard Library, on the corner of NW 57th Street and 22nd Avenue NW (no postage needed if dropped in a ballot box).

King County produced a video guide for the countywide offices of King County Assessor, King County Elections Director, Metropolitan King County Council and Port of Seattle Commissioners. On the video guide, each candidate has two minutes to speak.

Registered voters who have not received a ballot should contact the King County Elections Department at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

King County mailed about 1.1 million ballots. Elections Director Sherril Huff expects about a 52 percent turnout in this election.

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Election day is today

November 2nd, 2010 by Doree

Today is election day, so if you haven’t already voted, you don’t have much time left. King County is all mail-in voting now, so either drop your ballot in a mailbox to get it postmarked by tonight, or you can put your unstamped ballot in an official ballot box by 8 p.m.

The closest ballot boxes to Phinney and Greenwood are in front of the Ballard Library at 5614 22nd Ave. NW and in the University District at the corner of NE 50th Street and University Way NE.

You can find the location of all ballot drop boxes in King County here.

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Confusion over Ballard’s ballot box location

October 18th, 2010 by Doree

If you’re one of the many people who prefer to drop off their election ballot in a drop box instead of mailing it in, be aware that the nearest drop box in Ballard has moved.

The ballot drop box used to be located at the Neighborhood Service Center, but has moved partway up the block to a free-standing box outside the Ballard Library. Despite numerous signs next to the old location, our sister site MyBallard reports that plenty of voters appear to be confused about the new location.

The new ballot drop box (above) is open for voters to slip ballots in 24 hours a day from now until Election Day, Nov. 2, when the box will close at 8 p.m. Ballots put in the drop box do not require postage.

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Today is Election Day — mail that ballot

February 9th, 2010 by Doree

Don’t forget that today is Election Day, so all ballots must be postmarked by today. King County has removed all but two drop-off ballot boxes that many people relied on in the past, since the drop boxes accepted ballots until 8 p.m.

So if you haven’t mailed you ballot yet, get to the post office before they close tonight.

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Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday

February 5th, 2010 by Doree

It’s a little harder to remember when Election Day is now, since King County voters no longer go to an actual polling place, instead voting by mail. So here’s a little reminder: Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, Feb. 9 in order to count.

And King County has removed all but two of its drop boxes, so if you can’t make it to the post office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, you’ll have to drop it into a free drop box at the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave. in downtown Seattle, or at King County Elections Headquarters, 9010 East Marginal Way S. in Tukwila.

You can also drop it off at one of King County’s three accessible voting centers, including one at Seattle’s Union Station 401 S. Jackson St., until 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

On the ballot in Seattle are two Seattle Public School measures to renew existing Operating and Capital levies. There’s a student-led rally in support of the measures from 12-1 p.m. Saturday at the Green Lake Boat House, 5900 W. Green Lake Way N., followed by a walk around the lake.

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Election Day today

February 3rd, 2009 by Doree

Don’t forget that ballots must be postmarked by today to count in this election. In King County there’s only one race on the ballot – that of Elections Director. This is King County’s first all-mail election, so it’s easy to forget there’s even an election going on since there are no actual polls to vote at.

Instead of mailing, ballots without postage can be returned to a 24-hour ballot drop box until 8 p.m. today. Click here for ballot drop box locations.

And you can track the progress of your ballot online, to see if it’s been received by the elections office and your signature has been verified.

2/4 update: Sherril Huff has a commanding lead in the balloting as of this morning.

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KC Exec. Ron Sims leaving for Wash., DC

February 2nd, 2009 by Doree

King County Executive Ron Sims announced moments ago that he is resigning to take a position with the Obama administration. Sims will become deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The appointment requires Senate confirmation.

That means the race for King County Executive is wide open, with Democratic County Councilman Larry Phillips, who represents our area, already throwing his hat into the ring. Philips lives in Magnolia and is a strong advocate for Sound Transit and light rail.

Last November voters passed a county charter amendment that would change the Executive’s position from partisan to non-partisan.

Update 11:30 a.m.: The King County Council will now choose an interim replacement to serve until voters elect a new Executive in November. Here are excerpts from a statement from Council Chair Dow Constantine:

“I will sit down immediately with my colleagues to create a non-partisan process to choose an interim replacement to serve the remainder of Executive Sims’ term.

“An ideal appointee would possess the necessary policy experience, political skills, and management ability to help guide King County through the next several months. We need an appointed executive who can devote his or her full attention and talents to the unprecedented financial challenges facing King County.

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Mail-in ballot deadline approaching

January 29th, 2009 by Doree

Don’t forget that your ballot for King County’s first all-mail election must be postmarked by Tuesday. For a number of people, this will be the first time they’ve voted by mail.

Ballots must be inserted into the security envelope, then the outer envelope with the voter oath must be signed. If there’s more than one voter in your household, don’t try to put all the ballots into just one envelope to save on postage.

As required by law, the signature on every absentee envelope is verified against the voter’s registration record. Be sure to use your legal, professional signature and not simply your initials. If your signature has changed over the years, please update your records with King County Elections because your signature makes your vote count.

Instead of mailing, ballots without postage can be returned to a 24-hour ballot drop box until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Click here for ballot drop box locations.

For the first time, you can track the progress of your ballot online, to see if it’s been received by the elections office and your signature has been verified.

And if you haven’t received your ballot in the mail yet, call 206-296-VOTE (8683).

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Real-time election results

November 4th, 2008 by Geeky Swedes

Updated: The Secretary of State’s site is now providing local election results, and you can find more on KING5.com. National results are available here on msnbc.com. And feel free to leave your election night comments below…

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Carlyle, Burbank square off in debate

October 14th, 2008 by Geeky Swedes

A Ballard neighborhood association hosted a debate tonight between Reuven Carlyle and John Burbank, two Democrats running for the open legislative seat in the 36th District, which includes Phinney Ridge and much of Greenwood.

The majority of the 45-minute debate featured both candidates agreeing with each other, more or less, on critical issues such as transportation, low income housing, health care, education and the troubled economy. But the last question asked what are the top differences between Burbank and Carlyle. “Number one, I don’t take corporate contributions,” Burbank said, pointing out that Carlyle didn’t go along with his proposal to limit campaign contributions in the race. “The idea that I am somehow in the pocket of those organizations whereas 80 plus percent of my money comes from individuals, so for a small amount of money, is simply silly,” Carlyle responded.

As for policy issues, Burbank emphasized his work on the minimum wage initiative, which guarantees automatic cost of living raises, as well as his contributions on family leave insurance. “The core issue here is who is the real change agent,” Burbank said. “We can talk about change, we can talk about dialogue, or we can take action. If you look at my record, I have taken action.”

Carlyle underlined his work on a bill that guaranteed a chance at a college education for foster kids, and he emphasized his experience as a wireless and software entrepreneur and a volunteer citizen activist. “The fundamental question is, do you believe in the concept of a citizen legislature,” he said, explaining that public policy has been Burbank’s job for 25 years. “I like to listen, I like to learn, and I embrace failure as well as success,” Carlyle said.

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