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Drop off your ballot, meet your neighbors

Posted by Geeky Swedes on October 29th, 2009

With mail-only elections, dropping off your ballot or sticking it in the mailbox is much different than going to the polls. After the primary, ElaineinBallard wrote in comments, “It would be great to organize a recurring election-day event around the drop box. Thanks for voting, have a cupcake, meet and greet your neighbors. This could help fill the void left by the demise of in-person voting.”

On election day next Tuesday, the Department of Neighborhoods will be holding an open house at the Neighborhood Service Center (5604 22nd Ave NW) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (when the ballot box closes). After dropping off your ballot, enjoy refreshments and meet your neighbors. There will be giveaways, information on how you can get involved with civic activities and resource information about city services.

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14 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 elaineinballard // Oct 29, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    That's awesome!

  • 2 ktown69 // Oct 29, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    So, our polling place is now closed in Ballard??

  • 3 gobigblue // Oct 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    yes, the only place in washington state where you can vote in person anymore is in pierce county. all of king county is vote by mail only.

    fyi…oregon is 100% by mail, and has been for a while

  • 4 Edog // Oct 29, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Bigblue – is this a referene to IBM, or University of Michigan?

  • 5 gobigblue // Oct 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Neither…it's a reference to the team that orchestrated the greatest upset in Super Bowl history.

  • 6 Edog // Oct 29, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    The Redskins?

  • 7 gobigblue // Oct 29, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    given that the Redskins have never been more than a 3-point underdog in the Super Bowl…and never faced and beat a team that was undefeated and was being commonly referred to as “the best team ever”…no

  • 8 Edog // Oct 29, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    The broncos

  • 9 gobigblue // Oct 29, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    …were 12-4-1 going into Super Bowl XXII, had never won a Super Bowl…and had lost the Super Bowl the prior year (to BIG BLUE)…and were merely the best team in the AFC in 1987, a decade in which the AFC won the Super Bowl twice and wouldn't do it again until 1998.

    apples and oranges

  • 10 ktown69 // Oct 29, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Total bummer…I always liked going to my polling place and talking with neighbors. Sigh!

  • 11 NoraBell // Oct 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Excellent idea! I already mailed my ballot, though, to give them time to have an issue with my signature.

  • 12 Drew Brees // Oct 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Oh… That big blue. *chuckles*

  • 13 MacBastard // Oct 30, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Remember last year when the ballots were overflowing out of the box pictured above? I went by the library yesterday and they have a new, much bigger dropbox for this year.

  • 14 Larry_B // Oct 31, 2009 at 4:52 am

    I noticed the new box too, as I dropped of my ballot a few days ago.

    FWIW, I think the overflow was from the primary, not from last year.

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