I've been getting a lot of chatter about folks not receiving a ballot from the King County Elections Office. This is the first county-wide election

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Voters Still Haven't Received Ballots. Now What?

I've been getting a lot of chatter about folks not receiving a ballot from the King County Elections Office. This is the first county-wide election where voters will not be given the option of voting at a polling place.

In theory, voters should have received their ballot in the mail about 20 days ago.

However, I've been hearing and reading a lot of remarks about voters who, with it being election day, have now just realized that they didn't receive a ballot and can't vote. Just how many people didn't receive ballots is unknown at the moment.

The one common theme, though, is that people sans ballot appear to be poll voters who have never voted by mail before. Now the question is whether the Elections Office is at fault for not mailing them a ballot. Or is the address on these people's voter registrations outdated?

There are still three polling places in the county; "Accessible Voting" stations open in Seattle, Renton and Bellevue with touch screen polling machines. Ostensibly these are for people with handicaps who can't fill out a normal ballot.

If you didn't receive a ballot in the mail, the best advice is to go to one of these three locations and vote in person there. Bring ID and, if possible, your voter registration card. And raise holy living hell if they don't let you exercise your franchise.

Accessible Voting station are at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE Room 121, in Renton at the King County Elections building, 919 SW Grady Way and in Seattle at Union Station, 401 S. Jackson St.

The locations close at 8 p.m.

 
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