Ballard voters jam library drop box

Update: The drop box at the Ballard Library has been a popular spot, filling to capacity on several occasions today.

And earlier…

The King County elections folks have been stopping by periodically…

The next closest drop box, according to the map, is either in Green Lake or up at North Seattle Community College.

Earlier: It’s election day! If you haven’t mailed in your ballot, you have until 8 p.m. to deliver it to the Ballard Library‘s official drop box (or others throughout Seattle). Or you can send it in the mail, as long as it’s postmarked today.

If you can’t find your voters’ pamphlet, here it is (.pdf).

Voter registration deadline fast approaching for special election

Locals who want to participate in the February 9 special election and are not yet registered should prepare now. Registrations can take place in person until 4: 30 p.m. on Monday, February 1, at King County Elections Voter Registration Annex downtown:

King County Administration Building
500 4th Ave, Room 440, Seattle.
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays

To register to vote, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A legal resident of Washington State;
  • At least 18 years old by election day;
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order; and
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.

Registered voters can check to make sure their registration information is current by:

Click here to get the latest election news and updates.

Voter registration deadline fast approaching for general election

Locals who want to participate in the November 3 general election and are not yet registered should prepare now. Registrations can take place in person until 4: 30 p.m. on Monday, October 26, at King County Elections Voter Registration Annex downtown:

King County Administration Building
500 4th Ave, Room 440, Seattle.
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays

To register to vote, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A legal resident of Washington State;
  • At least 18 years old by election day;
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order; and
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.

Registered voters can check to make sure their registration information is current by:

Click here to get the latest news and updates.

Get your ballot in today

It’s election day, which means you need to get your ballot in the mail or drop it off at a ballot box. The nearest ballot box is in front of the Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW). All ballots must be in by 8 p.m.

If you’re still unsure who to vote for or confused by the initiatives, there are a few resources for you.

  • Click here for links to the Seattle City Council races and Seattle Prop 1.
  • King County produced a video guide for the countywide offices of King County Assessor, King County Elections Director, Metropolitan King County Council and Port of Seattle Commissioners.
  • Information on King County’s Transportation Benefit District Prop 1 is here.
  • The Secretary of State’s online voters’ guide is here, which explains statewide initiatives.
  • GOP makes gains just about everywhere but here

    Updated 9 a.m. While the U.S. Senate race between Patty Murray and Dino Rossi remains too close to call this morning, Murray (D) still holds an edge. In our U.S. congressional district, Jim McDermott (D), as is customary, was reelected easily with 81% of the vote.

    Here in the 36th District, state house incumbent Mary Lou Dickerson (D) won handily with 79% of the vote, and state senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D) all but swept with 82%. Next door in the 43rd District (Fremont and Wallingford), incumbent Frank Chopp (D) won with 84%. Our area here in North Seattle historically votes Democrat, in fact, it’s one of the bluest areas of the state.

    The state income tax was voted down, as well as both liquor initiatives. You can get the full results on SeattleTimes.com right here.

    Steady stream of voters at Ballard drop box

    Update 8:15 p.m.: The first volley of election results are now available online. Greenwood resident Mike McGinn and Joe Mallahan are in a dead heat. Referendum 71 is winning by a slim margin statewide (by a larger margin in King County), and Initiative 1033 is losing. For King County Executive, Dow Constantine is leading Susan Hutchinson. Ballard’s own Jessie Israel is losing to Nick Licata for City Council. For more coverage, visit SeattleTimes.com.

    Earlier: The Ballard Library is just one of six locations in Seattle to drop off your ballot, and there has been a steady stream of voters all evening.

    This was the small traffic jam along 56th St. at 6 p.m. Parking in the immediate area, as you can imagine, has been difficult to find.

    Folks as far away as Magnolia dropped off their ballots. The Neighborhood Service Center handed out cupcakes and other refreshments.

    We arrived just as King County was picking up a big batch of ballots. Stay tuned for election results, which we’ll link here when they’re available at 8:15 p.m.

    Your questions for the mayoral candidates

    The Seattle Times and KING 5 are hosting a mayoral debate later this month, and they’ve asked us to provide questions for the candidates. Since My Ballard is neighborhood-powered, we’d like to pick a couple questions that you submit. They’re taping the questions tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11 a.m., so post ’em quick in comments below. The debate will air on October 21st.