Ballots for the Nov. 2 General Election start leaving post offices this week, meaning the last leg of election season is upon us.
The Courier-Herald is hard at work interviewing candidates and writing coverage of local races, and more news will be coming out soon — ideally in next week’s paper. If you’re still doing your research on the candidates, we’ll have more for you to look over soon.
In the meantime, here’s the basics to voting in Washington.
Washington is a vote-by-mail state, and no stamp is required to return your ballot.
In King County, voter pamphlets will be mailed out Tuesday and ballots head out Wednesday. In Pierce County, the voter’s pamphlet was mailed out last Thursday, Oct. 7, and ballots head out this coming Friday.
Wherever you live, you have until 8 p.m. on election day to drop your ballot off in a ballot drop box (no stamp required). If you’re mailing the ballot, it must be postmarked by election day, so consider dropping it in the mail by Friday, Oct. 29 to make sure it gets counted.
You can update your voter registration as late as election day in-person at an elections office, or by Oct. 25 if you do it online or by mail.
Ballot drop boxes open Oct. 14 in King County and the following day in Pierce County. You can find them at:
• The Enumclaw Library: 1700 1st Street, Enumclaw
• The Buckley Library: 123 S River Road, Buckley
• The Black Diamond Library: 24707 Roberts Drive, Black Diamond
• Wilkeson Town Hall: 540 Church Street, Wilkeson
• The Muckleshoot Tribe Philip Starr Building: 39015 172nd Avenue SE, Auburn
• South Prairie Fire Department: 350 SR 162 E, South Prairie
• The Orting Public Safety Building: 401 Washington Ave SE, Orting
• Bonney Lake South Park and Ride: Sky Island Dr E & 184th Ave E, Bonney Lake
More questions? Contact:
King County Elections at email@example.com or 206-296-8683
Pierce County Elections at Auditor@PierceCountyWa.gov or 253-798-8683