Ballot drop van in Shoreline Monday, Tuesday

Sunday, May 22, 2016

By Evan Smith
Voters can leave completed ballots for the Tuesday, May 24, presidential primary postage free at a drop-off van in Shoreline Monday and Tuesday.

The van, parked in the Aurora Square Shopping Center, 15505 Westminster Way NW near the Sears store, Central Market and U.S. Bank, will accept ballots from 10am to 5pm Monday and from 10am to 8pm Tuesday, Election Day. It is one of 13 such vans parked around King County.

Voters also can leave ballots at a 24-hour drop box at the Lake Forest Park City Hall until 8pm Tuesday or at any of nine other sites around the county, or they can leave their ballots at accessible voting centers in downtown Seattle, at the Bellevue City Hall, or the county elections office in Renton. People also can vote in person at any of the three accessible voting centers.
The accessible voting units at the Seattle Union Station, 401 S Jackson St, and at the Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave NE, are available Monday from 10am to 7pm and Tuesday, Election Day, from 10am to 8pm.

The unit at the county elections office is open Monday from 8:30am to 7pm. and Election Day from 8:30am to 8pm. The elections office is at 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton.

Such machines are designed for disabled people to vote independently, but anyone can use them.

The units are touch-screen voting devices that feature large font, audio and tactile options to assist voters in casting their choices.

A voter who wants to cast a ballot on an accessible unit will be asked to show a photo ID or sign a declaration. When a voter signs a declaration, elections workers are required to match the signature on the declaration to the signature on file in the voter registration system.

Mailed ballots must be sent so they have a postmark of Tuesday, May 24, or earlier. At nearby post offices, a Tuesday postmark goes to ballots left by 5:30pm.

Washington Republicans use primary results to determine how they will vote at their national presidential nominating convention this summer. Democrats will not use results of the primary.

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