Voter turnout exceeded our projections during the August 2018 Primary Election, which marked the
first time voters did not need a stamp to mail in their ballots. King County Elections projected a 40 percent turnout rate, based on historical data and slightly adjusted to account for potential voter behavior changes due to prepaid postage. Actual turnout was 43.4 percent, the highest rate of voter participation since the 2004 primary election!
We are excited to share that we have opened 5 new drop boxes in these last few months in time for the August 7 Primary Election!
Communities excited to receive a drop box in their location include:
Auburn: Auburn Park & Ride, 101 15th St NE, 98001
Bellevue: Newport Way Library, 14250 SE Newport Way, 98006
Duvall: Duvall Police Department/Depot Park, 26225 NE Burhen Way, 98019
Normandy Park: Normandy Park Towne Center, 19901 1st Ave S, 98148
North Bend: North Bend Library, 115 E 4th St, 98045
We now have
61 ballot drop boxes available for King County residents, with over 94% of residents living within 3 miles of a drop box.
Please return your Primary Election ballot at a drop box by 8 p.m. August 7 or by mail – no stamp needed. Below is one of our most recent drop boxes, this one is at Seattle Pacific University.
One of our most recent drop boxes is at Seattle Pacific University.
Monday was a big day for us. We are thrilled to announce that prepaid postage within King County was officially approved by the King County Council.
It will impact the upcoming primary and general elections, starting with our August primary election, and is one more way we are removing barriers for our voters!
“Prepaid postage along with our ballot drop boxes makes it easy for everyone to exercise their civic right to vote,” says Elections Director Julie Wise.
We look forward to how prepaid postage will encourage higher ballot return rates and allow all communities to become further engaged in the elections process.
Thank you to the community, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and the King County Council for your support!
For more information, read our official press release