New ballot drop boxes open in Tukwila, Rainier Beach, North Seattle

(Photo via King County Elections Twitter)

After King County Elections opened 43 ballot drop boxes last fall, another 11 are now accessible for the Primary Election. Among them are Tukwila and Rainier Beach community centers serving diverse constituents in the 98168 and 98118 area codes, respectively. The latest opened Monday at North Seattle College. 

“This is an important local election year in King County, with a record number of people running for office,” said Julie Wise, Director of King County Elections in a statement to the press.

Seattle’s crowded mayoral race of 21 candidates has made national headlines, with popular contenders Bob Hasegawa, Jenny Durkan, Nikkita Oliver, Mike McGinn, Cary Moon and Jessyn Farrell campaigning to advance to the General Election.

Since the close of the 2017 legislative session, the county has adopted a plan to build 32 additional drop boxes before the 2019 Primary Election to total 86 boxes, according to Kafia Hosh, King County Elections Communications Officer. Last year, King County Elections distributed ballots in Korean and Spanish for the first time.

For this Primary Election, ballots can be dropped off at 54 locations 24 hours a day up until Election Day on Aug. 1, when boxes close at 8 p.m.

King County Elections mailed ballots to 1.3 million voters on July 12, according to their website. Those with voting questions can contact King County Elections at (206) 296-VOTE.


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Editor’s note: The date of the opening of the North Seattle College ballot drop box has been corrected. It opened Monday, July 24, not Thursday, July 27.