New drop boxes around King County ready for presidential election

With the 2016 general election on the horizon, King County is hoping its new ballot "drop boxes" – like the one installed at the Enumclaw library – will give voters a greater opportunity to make their voices heard.

With the 2016 general election on the horizon, King County is hoping its new ballot “drop boxes” – like the one installed at the Enumclaw library – will give voters a greater opportunity to make their voices heard.

Information released by King County Elections shows that was the case during the August primary election. In Enumclaw, the drop box was used by 2,350 voters. Two other drop boxes had been installed prior to August and both had strong numbers, according to King County Elections; a box at the Fairwood library contained 4,091 ballots and a box at the Tahoma School District building contained 3,742 ballots.

“These new boxes saw tremendous usage,” said Julie Wise, director of King County Elections. “This is exactly the convenience we hoped this investment would bring our voters and we’re looking forward to adding 14 more locations for the general election.”

Two new locations will be added prior to November’s general election, one at the Covington library and one at the health clinic in the Renton Highlands.

“The success of these new ballot drop boxes is a positive sign that the communities these boxes serve will be able to access voting during the general election,” King County Councilman Reagan Dunn said. “I look forward to seeing how the new ballot boxes continue to work towards our goal and make voting even more accessible for residents in Southeast King County.”

Earlier this year, the County Council passed legislation aimed at increasing the number of drop boxes throughout the county. Nineteen new drop boxes were made available for the primary election and 14 new drop boxes will be in place for the general election.

More in News

New utility included in Enumclaw budget; final vote set for Nov. 27

Significant progress has been made on crafting a 2018 Enumclaw budget, a document that could forever change the way the city collects and disperses certain funds. The plan now under way would see creation of a stormwater utility probably by August of the coming year.

Proposed recycling center sparks environmental fears

A proposed material processing facility outside of Enumclaw has some local conservationists worried about how it may affect the Green River and other natural environments. “The location of this, next to this natural area, just is not right. It doesn’t make sense to us at all, for a variety of reasons,” said Bernie McKinney, president of the Green River Coalition, a non-profit preservationist group.

Mobile Impaired Driving Unit hitting the streets this holiday weekend

The MIDU is a self-contained 36 foot motorhome that has been retrofitted as a mobile DUI processing center and incident command post.

Two Enumclaw volunteers honored for work at library

Two members of the Enumclaw Friends of the Library were honored during the recent Friends’ Day, an annual celebration of King County Library System volunteers.

Abigail Hill, 19, is crowned Miss Washington by the 2017 title winner, Alex Carlson-Helo. Photo courtesy Jerry and Lois Photography
Local Miss Washington prepares for national stage

That’s right — Enumclaw is competing in Miss U.S.A. Abigail Hill, the city’s newest star, was recently crowned Miss Washington , clearing the way for her to compete nationally in the spring.

Beyond the Borders now travels from Sumner to Bonney Lake

Come December, it’ll be easier for youth, seniors, people with disabilities or low-income to travel between Sumner and Bonney Lake.

Early start to Crystal ski season

The outdoor season has officially greeted those heading uphill, with snow deep enough to enjoy.

Suspect faces possible ‘third strike’ after alleged car chase, kidnapping

A suspect with a long criminal history finds himself in “third strike” jeopardy, the result of an alleged robbery in Enumclaw and ensuing car chase out of town.

Why now is a good time for a flu shot | Public Health Insider

With the holidays drawing near, many of us look forward to travel or seeing family and friends. And just as our schedules get busier, it’s also the time of year when the flu starts to circulate. We turned to Libby Page, manager of our immunizations program, to get the scoop on flu vaccine.

Election 2017: Change in Enumclaw; Buckley mayor race close

The 2017 general election is over, and although the results are still two weeks from being certified, many candidates are in the clear to take up their elected positions come winter.

Get your fill of winter activities on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier’s landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation in winter.