May 2nd, 2013 by Doree
The 46th, 43rd, 36th, and 32nd District Democrats are hosting a mayoral forum tonight at Hamilton International Middle School in Wallingford. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments and a casual meet-and-greet with candidates, then the forum runs from 7-9 p.m. Hamilton is at 1610 N. 41st St. in Wallingford.
The forum will be moderated by Enrique Cerna of KCTS.
Seattle mayoral candidates are: current Mayor Mike McGinn, former City Council member Peter Steinbrueck, businessman Charlie Staadecker, Greenwood/Phinney activist Kate Martin, State Senator Ed Murray, City Council member Tim Burgess, City Council member Bruce Harrell, and Socialist Workers Party candidate Mary Martin.
Tags: elections, mayor, mayoral candidates
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.
Tags: Ballard Library, election, elections, King County Elections, vote, voting
October 31st, 2012 by Doree
By Sarah Elson, UW News Lab
Most voters’ guides simply aim to inform. But the Living Voters Guide, which was created in 2010 by the University of Washington’s Engage Project and the Seattle civic nonprofit CityClub, strives to start discussions between voters to help them make sense of the major initiatives on the ballot. This year they’ve added librarian fact-checkers to make the crowd-sourced voters guide more trustworthy.
“The guide is kind of what people thought about these ballot measures,” explained Travis Kriplean, the developer of the Living Voters Guide. “The ballot measures are often controversial and also a bit hard to understand, so it seemed like a good way to get people to talk about them, because there are surprisingly few places for that to happen.”
The website summarizes each of the eight statewide initiatives and lists pros and cons from other users on either side, so voters can create their own list in the middle compiled of the factors that are most important to them.
Anyone can post on the guide as long as they have an account on the site. Kriplean estimated that about one out of every three people who visit the site actually contribute to it.
Kriplean said the guide’s strength is in showing what people are thinking about across the political spectrum. However, it doesn’t have a strong informational base, so it’s hard for users to discern which points are true.
To make the guide more trustworthy, he’s enlisted the help of Seattle Public Library librarians to fact-check claims that other users want verified. The librarians spend a maximum of two hours researching the claim and then write a report about whether the claim appears to be accurate. The report is posted within 48 hours.
“Our approach is not to say, ‘This person is right or wrong,’ or ‘This is true or false,’ but to say if it’s an accurate statement,” said Chance Hunt, Seattle library partnerships and government relations director. “We then provide citations and additional information for people (who) want to do their own level of comparison with the information that’s available.”
So far the librarians have responded to 27 fact-checking requests and are currently working on five more.
Hunt said they have been asked about a variety of different claims. One of the first requests they received was to check a claim about same-sex marriage.
“We had a comment about whether same-sex couples see better results in their children,” Hunt said. “Are their children more successful, happier, healthier, that kind of thing. And we were asked to double-check it, so our library staff did the research and then presented a response to that question.”
One of the most recent requests they received was to check a claim that “37 percent of students attending charter schools receive a worse educational outcome.”
“We were asked to check where the 37 percent came from,” Hunt said. “So we did some research and were able to find a study that found (the claim) to be accurate. But that was only one study, so we provided access to other studies showing contradictory or different results from a similar kind of study.”
Librarian Bo Kinney said there are some claims they aren’t able to check. The librarians aren’t qualified to conduct legal research and they can’t evaluate opinion-based or hypothetical claims.
“We’re not the final word on what is the truth,” Kinney said. “We expect that users might add additional information beyond what we were able to find. But we think that our efforts will help support informed discussion of political issues.”
(Sarah Elson is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.)
Tags: CityClub, elections, Living Voters Guide, Seattle Public Library, vote, voting
August 14th, 2011 by Dale
The Aug. 16 primary and special election is quickly approaching. Remember to have your ballots stamped and postmarked, or dropped in a ballot drop box on or before Tuesday, Aug. 16.
The closest local ballot drop box location is the Ballard Branch Library at 57th Street and 22nd Avenue NW. Ballots taken to drop boxes must be deposited by 8 p.m. on Aug. 16. If that’s not convenient for you, see this map for a complete list of King County drop box locations.
For candidate statements, see the King County Elections Local Voters’ Pamphlet. And if you can’t make your mind up from reading those, let someone else help. Here are some sources for candidate ratings and endorsements:
Know of any other endorsement sources published online? Please share them in comments, or send us a link at email@example.com.
Tags: elections, king county, politics, primary, seattle, voters guides, voting
March 2nd, 2011 by Doree
It’s been in the news a fair amount lately, but plenty of people still don’t know anything about the King Conservation District, and its current online election.
The King CD provides information and technical assistance programs that are available to all landowners within the district’s boundaries on a voluntary, non-regulatory basis. King CD programs are hands-on, site specific, action and results oriented; and it initiates community outreach activities that include workshops, education programs, site visits, farm plans, and consultation on land, water, and wildlife management.
One of 46 conservation districts in the state, the KCD covers most cities in the county (except for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish) and all unincorporated areas of the county.
It is now conducting one of the nation’s first Internet-based elections, for a position of its board of supervisors. Online voting started on Feb. 15 and continues through March 15. Individuals registered to vote in King County (except for the five cities not part of the district) are eligible to vote.
Candidates for position #2 include Douglas “Bruce” Elliott, from Kent; Teri Herrera, of Redmond; Eric K. Nelson, from Duvall; and Preston Prudente of Sammamish.
The milestone election’s secure, two-step voting process includes confirmation of voter eligibility followed by voting…The district will also provide a one-day, “in-person” voting option at its Renton office on March 15 between 9 am to 9 pm. The King CD is located at 1107 SW Grady Way, Suite 130.
The all-volunteer, five-member board includes three elected members and two who are appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission. All supervisors serve three-year terms. As public officials, their responsibility is to ensure that the King CD meets its legal and public trust obligations.
The board of supervisors conducts regular public meetings to oversee the district’s budget and provide policy guidance and oversight to district staff.
Tags: elections, King Conservation District, voting
December 2nd, 2009 by Dale
Julie McCoy, president of Greenwood Elementary School’s Parents and Teachers Association, will be the chief of staff for Mayor-elect Mike McGinn, according to a recent press release.
McGinn, who lives in Greenwood, takes office Jan. 1.
Here’s the full release announcing three appointments:
SEATTLE – Mayor-elect Mike McGinn announced Monday night three members of his new administration.
Darryl Smith will serve as the Deputy Mayor for Communities. Smith has a long record of community involvement. He serves currently as president of Great City and as a member of the board of directors of the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund. Smith is former president of the Rainier Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Seattle Planning Commission and the board of Allied Arts.
Phil Fujii will serve as the Deputy Mayor for Operations. Fujii brings 24 years of experience in Seattle city government. He currently is community relations manager for Vulcan Inc., where he is in charge of building strong relationships with community-based organizations. He was legislative assistant for former Seattle City Councilmember Cheryl Chow. His city tenure also included serving as Neighborhood Development Manager in the Department of Neighborhoods.
Julie McCoy will serve as Chief of Staff in the McGinn administration. McCoy is a principal in the Mercury Group. She has also worked on Capitol Hill as well as on U.S. Senate and Congressional campaigns. McCoy is president of the Greenwood Elementary Parents and Teachers Association and is an active volunteer with Water 1st, a local non-profit organization that works to bring clean water and sanitation to poor communities in Africa and India.
Tags: elections, politics
August 19th, 2009 by Dale
A just-released election results update has Greenwood resident Mike McGinn at 26.48 percent of the vote, putting him in second place behind Joe Mallahan of Wallingford, who has 26.76 percent.
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels remains in third place with 25.19 percent of the vote.
While the counting isn’t over, it’s looking a lot like the next mayor is going to be from Greenwood or nearby Wallingford. More results here.
August 18th, 2009 by Doree
At 8:03 p.m., King County elections released the results of all ballots received by last weekend, and right now, Greenwood resident Michael McGinn is leading the Seattle mayoral race by a slim margin.
McGinn currently has 26.56 percent, Joe Mallahn has 25.81 percent, and Mayor Greg Nickels has 25.05 percent. The top two advance to November’s general election. The elections office estimates that about half of all ballots have been counted.
You can get all King County election results here.
Tags: elections, politics
August 18th, 2009 by Dale
Dale is trying to drop off his ballot at the official ballot drop-off box at the Ballard Neighborhood Center but the drop box is overflowing. He’s called the elections office and so have several other people there. Here’s a closeup of the box:
And here’s someone trying to figure out how to get his ballot in the stuffed box.
Dale said “it’s literally a case of stuffing the ballot box,” as he finally was able to cram it in the box.
Update 8:55 a.m.: Elections officials just arrived to empty the drop box, so now there’s plenty of room for more ballots.
Ballots must be in the drop boxes by 8 p.m., or postmarked by the post office by today.
August 14th, 2009 by Doree
King County Elections Office will have special Saturday hours to help voters with their primary ballots. Voters who have not yet received their ballot (for example, if they forgot to change their address) can come in to have a new ballot issued.
The Seattle Elections Office, at Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St., is open until 5 p.m. today (Friday) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Monday and 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Ballots must be mailed or put into a specially designated 24-hour Ballot Drop Box by 8 p.m. Tuesday. The closest drop boxes are downtown at the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave., and at the Ballard Neighborhood Service Center, 5604 NW 22nd Ave.
King County also has options for voters with disabilities.
Each center is operated by trained staff and has equipment designed to make voting accessible and private for everyone. The touch screen accessible voting unit features lap paddles and sip-and-puff devices, an audio option, and large and high contrast font to aid voters.
Tags: elections, politics
January 22nd, 2009 by Doree
With King County now going to an all-mail ballot for the Feb. 3 election, the Elections Department has also instituted a way for voters to track those 1.1 million ballots online.
To use the online mail ballot tracker, enter your first and last name and birthday at the Mail Ballot Tracking page. The Web site pulls information from several steps in the tabulation process and allows voters to track their ballot at three locations to confirm the following:
Track point #1: Your ballot packet was assembled and delivered to the post office by Elections.
Track point #2: King County received your returned ballot packet.
Track point #3: Your signature was verified and you will be credited with voting.
For more information on features of all-mail voting in King County or the Feb. 3 special election, see the King County Elections website.
Let us know how that Mail Ballot Tracker works for you, or if you have any problems.
January 15th, 2009 by Dale
King County is doing its first mail-only election, having just sent out about 1.1 million ballots for a Feb. 3 special election. For us, there’ll be only one item – choosing someone to fill the previously appointed position of King County Director of Elections, which is on the ballot for the first time.
The arrival of the absentee ballots mark an end to voting at polling places which got a rousing send-off in November’s general election.
On the ballot are former King County councilman David Irons, current elections director Sherril Huff, former elections manager Julie Kempf, former bank executive Bill Anderson, government gadfly Christopher (Chris) Clifford and state Sen. Pam Roach. You can see their candidate statements here.
According to King County officials, this is the largest number of ballots sent in a single election, surpassing the previous record, set by Los Angeles County.
In order for your ballot to count, it must be postmarked by Feb. 3, or put into a county drop-box by 8 p.m. on election day.