It’s Election Day.
An occasion to celebrate our democracy – no matter what your political viewpoint.
Sadly, Election 2012 in Washington state has not been all positive. Apparently, even in Washington, we’re not without nasty politics and last-minute dirty tricks.
Last night, Democratic headquarters in Seattle was broken into. Police are still investigating.
And in another troubling incident this week, King County Elections issued a statement asking voters to turn in their ballots through official channels --- and not hand them directly to strangers who promised to turn them in. The issue stemmed from complaints that Republicans were actively seeking ballots in Democratic-heavy King County, rather than complying with official policy.
The problem here is obvious, especially when Republicans back East were caught with registering voters, then destroying records of Democrats who registered.
What if you already gave your ballot to a stranger? You can check to see that your ballot got to where it was supposed to. Go online to King County Elections website (The ballot tracker is in the middle of the page.) http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections.aspx.
Still haven’t voted?
More than half of all registered voters in Washington have already voted by mail. If you still haven’t voted, today’s the day! Use a first-class stamp (45 cents) and drop your ballot into a US Post Office mailbox by the pick-up deadline. Remember most post offices close at 5 or 5:30.
You have until 8 pm if you go directly to an official drop-off box. The closest one is outside Lake Forest Park City Hall at the Third Place shopping mall – 17425 Ballinger Way NE.
On the University of Washington Campus, there’s another official drop-off location at the UW’s Red Square – also open until 8 pm.
All 15 ballot drop-off locations are listed at:
If you want to vote in person, there are a few places for "accessible voting." View them at: