Ballot Drop Box Volunteer Program

Support your community and your commitment to public service in a visible and impactful way by volunteering as a drop box closer. Drop box closers are the friendly face the public sees on Election Day and allow voters to experience the excitement and camaraderie of the voting process.

What is a drop box closer?

State law requires that ballot drop boxes close at 8 p.m. Election Day. Drop box closers provide customer service and assistance to voters returning their ballots to a drop box on Election night.

Why do we need volunteers?

King County Elections has rapidly expanded our ballot drop boxes from 10 to 66 over the last three years. Using volunteers increases our operational capacity and offers King County staff an opportunity to volunteer and serve their community in a new and visible way. For the first step in our pilot program, King County Elections is looking for a small number of volunteers to help with the Special Election on April 23, 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can volunteer?

Any King County career service or term-limited temporary employee can volunteer. (King County employees who are running for public office in 2019 are not eligible to volunteer).

Do I need to have previous elections experience?

No previous elections experience is necessary. We will provide you with the proper training and all the information you need.

Will I receive training?

Yes. We will provide you with a link to a training video that will guide you through the whole process.

Will King County Elections staff be at the drop box with me?

Yes. Elections staff will be stationed with you at the drop box.

How do I become a volunteer?

Complete the sign-up form with your name, phone number and email address. You will receive a confirmation email with training information.

Can I choose a drop box that is located near my home or work?

Yes. You can choose to sign up for any drop box open for the election.

How long will I be at the drop box?

Please plan to be at your drop box location from approximately 6:30 p.m. until just after 8:00 p.m.

What should I wear?

Wear warm, layered clothing and comfortable shoes as you be will be standing most of the time. We will provide you with a King County Elections apron and safety vest identifying you as an Elections representative. We can provide rain ponchos if needed, but we encourage you to check the weather forecast when you plan your night.

Can I wear campaign buttons, campaign t-shirts or anything else indicating my support for a specific candidate, campaign or political party?

No. As an elections representative, you may not wear anything that can be perceived as electioneering. This includes, but is not limited to, candidate t-shirts, campaign stickers, campaign buttons, or any other political symbols.

Will there be restrooms and parking at the ballot drop box locations?

Every drop box location is unique and we will provide you with as much information as we can regarding available bathrooms and parking. We just ask that when parking your vehicle, you do not park in a space directly in front of the ballot drop box. We want to leave those spaces for voters to have easy access on Election Night.

Can I take selfies or pictures while I’m volunteering?

Absolutely. Voting is a memorable experience for many and we want you to have fun.

Can I answer questions from the media while I’m volunteering?

Please direct any media questions to the Elections staff member at your drop box.

Can I apply my volunteer hours to other things, such as community service or school credits?

You would need to check with the requirements for those programs.

What if I can’t make it?

If your schedule changes and you are unable to fulfill your volunteer duties, please let us know 24 hours prior to election night.

Is there anything else I need to do after my volunteer assignment ends?

We will send you a survey asking for your input to help us improve our drop box volunteer program.

Questions?

Contact Elections Services at election.services@kingcounty.gov or 206-296-1565.