Have you heard? Local celebrities like Seattle Storm players, chef Tom Douglas, and travel guru Rick Steves are sharing voting tips on area TV and radio stations and online.
Their main messages? Keep your address updated, follow directions, and get your ballot back before the deadline! The Primary Election is well underway, with thousands of ballots being returned to Elections daily. Be sure yours is among them. Vote and return your ballot as early as possible. Ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 7 or returned to a drop box before 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Returning ballots early ensures plenty of time to resolve voter signature problems and ensures that your ballot arrives in time to be processed. Each year, thousands of ballots arrive after the Election Day voting deadline or without signatures. Ballots that arrive too late cannot be opened and counted. Other ballots that are missing signatures, by law, can’t be processed until and unless elections officials can get voters’ signatures in time.
A new four-county public education campaign aims to reduce these numbers and make sure more votes get counted while saving tax dollars by keeping elections costs down.
And if you haven’t received your ballot, or if it got damaged, contact Elections right away! You can still vote. Call the Voter Hotline at 206-296-VOTE.