Jan. 22, 2013
Seattle voters should watch for ballots in the mail this week
Tomorrow, King County Elections will mail ballots to more than 405,000 Seattle voters. The Elections Department has already sent nearly 8,000 ballots to overseas and military voters and anticipates a 37 percent turnout rate in the Feb. 12 Special Election. Voters’ pamphlets and ballots will arrive in the same envelope.
The Seattle School District is the only jurisdiction participating in the special election, with two measures: Proposition 1, an operations levy, and Proposition 2, a capital levy.
“Special elections address issues that only voters can decide. I encourage participation in these local elections that have such important impacts in our community,” said Sherril Huff, Elections Director. “Seattle voters who haven’t received a ballot by Monday, January 28 should contact the Elections Department right away.”
Ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 12 or returned to any of seven ballot drop-off locations or two accessible voting centers (AVC) by the same date. New this election, a staffed van will be at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Avenue South, on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Monday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The van will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day, Feb. 12.
Tips on how to vote
For more information on voting by mail, watch a short video, visit the Elections website, or call 206-296-VOTE (8683).
- 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. It must match the voter registration signature we have on file.
- Return your ballot early so that it is part of the election night results report and there is enough time to correct any issues with your signature