Jan. 25, 2012
King County ballots in the mail today
Returning ballot by first class stamp now costs $0.45
King County voters in districts with measures up for election will begin receiving Special Election ballots and voters’ pamphlets this week. Voters in the following districts will have the opportunity to vote on local ballot measures in the Feb. 14, 2012 Special Election:
- Auburn School District No. 408
- Federal Way School District No. 210
- King County Fire Protection District No. 10
- Renton School District No. 403
- Tukwila School District No. 406
- Vashon Island School District No. 402
King County Elections will mail printed voters’ pamphlets only to voters in districts that requested them. The Federal Way School District, King County Fire Protection District, Tukwila School District, and Vashon Island School District requested local voters’ pamphlets this election. Voters in these districts will receive the pamphlets in the same envelope as their ballot.
Voters can also view a list of measures that appear on their ballot using Your Voter Guide on the King County Elections website.
“Make sure to return your ballot before the deadline – the earlier, the better,” said Elections Director Sherril Huff. “Ballot drop boxes are available to return a ballot without postage, or you can return your ballot by mail. First class stamp prices just went up, so please be sure to use sufficient postage.”
Voting begins this week, and voters can vote and return their ballot as soon as they receive it. King County Elections will offer five ballot drop boxes for returning a ballot in person beginning Jan. 26.
Voters can also return their ballot by mail through the postal service using a $0.45 first class stamp. Ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 14 or returned to a ballot drop box by 8:00 p.m. on that day.
To ensure that voters with disabilities are able to cast a private and independent ballot, the county will open an accessible voting center at Elections headquarters in Renton on Jan. 27. Find more information on accessible voting online.
Tips on how to vote
- Read the ballot instructions before voting
- Use a black ink pen to fill out the ballot
- Tear the stub off of the top of the ballot and recycle it
- Sign the voter’s declaration on the back of the envelope using your official signature
- Return your ballot early so that it is part of the Election Night results report and there is enough time to correct any issues that may be associated with your signature
For more information on voting by mail, watch a short video, visit the Elections website, or call 206-296-VOTE (8683).
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