A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Forum on Move Seattle transportation levy Monday in Greenwood

September 29th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council Transportation Committee is hosting a forum from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, at Works Progress, 115 N. 85th St., Suite 202, about the Move Seattle levy proposal on the November ballot.

In 2006, Seattle voters approved a nine-year $365 million transportation levy, known as Bridging the Gap, which will expire at the end of 2015. For the last eight years, this levy provided the Seattle Department of Transportation with nearly 25% of it’s funding with funds being used to address maintenance backlogs, improve transit service, rehabilitate bridges, and implement pedestrian safety projects throughout the city.

This November Seattle voters will vote on a new transportation levy that will replace Bridging the Gap. The replacement levy proposal, called “Move Seattle,” will fund an array of transportation projects throughout the city with the goals of reducing congestion, increasing safety, and improving aging infrastructure.

The $900 million Move Seattle levy would be paid for through a property tax that would cost the median Seattle household (approx. $450,000) about $275 per year for nine years.

We will be hosting a panel of representatives from the Let’s Move Seattle campaign who will make a brief presentation of what is in the levy proposal and what projects are specifically planned for North Seattle. We will also reserve plenty of time for questions from the audience.

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Today is Election Day – get those ballots in

August 5th, 2014 by Doree

Ballots are due today in the August primary election. Ballots must be postmarked by today. To save yourself a stamp, you can drop it off at an official King County Elections Drop Box. The closest one to our neighborhood is in Ballard right outside the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW. The box closes at 8 p.m.

For election results, check King County Elections’ results page beginning at 8:15 p.m.

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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.


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.


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.