WOODINVILLE, WA – On Thursday, July 14 King County Elections (KCE), in partnership with the City of Woodinville, opened the 75th drop box location for King County voters at Woodinville City Hall. King County Director of Elections Julie Wise, King County Councilmember Sarah Perry, and Woodinville Mayor Mike Millman gathered to celebrate the new location and officially open the box for the Primary election.
The new drop box is located at Woodinville City Hall and is open 24-hours a day until all drop boxes close at 8 p.m. sharp on Election Day, August 2. This is the first drop box within Woodinville city limits.
“Drop boxes are key to accessible elections here in King County and Washington State,” said Elections Director Julie Wise. “Constructed of half-inch thick steel, bolted directly into concrete, equipped with multiple locking mechanisms and with tamper evident seals, drop boxes are not only convenient, but also secure. My team and I are thrilled to install our 75th location and provide even greater access to our elections for our Woodinville voters.”
In King County, over 96% of registered voters live within a 3-mile radius of a drop box location. Typically, about half of voters return their ballots via drop box. Drop boxes are emptied at least once a day during the voting period.
“King County truly sets the gold standard for elections. While other states and jurisdictions work to create hoops for voters to jump through, we are committed to access here in King County. Every community deserves to have their voices heard and that just got a little easier with the installation of this drop box” stated King County Councilmember Sarah Perry.
“The City of Woodinville is proud to host this new drop box location at City Hall. Being able to cast a convenient, private, and secure vote is fundamental to our democracy, and this drop box will make that even easier for our residents,” said Woodinville Mayor Mike Millman.
Ballots were mailed to voters earlier this week on July 13 and voters should receive them by Monday, July 18. Those that do not receive their ballot by Monday should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683). Voters have until Election Day, August 2, to return their ballot. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and those returned by drop box must be deposited by 8 p.m. sharp.