News Early Voting In Washington
posted by October 17 at 15:34 PMon
Posted by News Intern Aaron Pickus
Yes, Washington is full of mail-in balloters, but physical polling sites are not a thing of the past. Not only that, but we also have early voting here in King County! (Who knew?)
Those wishing to vote early in the upcoming election can do so as of this past Wednesday. An entire room has been set aside at the King County Elections office in Renton for citizens who just cannot wait to have their (at least) 18-year-old voices heard. The early voting site is available to residents who are currently registered to vote in Washington State (including those already registered as absentee voters) or anyone who shows up to switch their registered state to Washington. King County Elections Media Coordinator Bobbie Egan encourages all those not already registered to vote, in Washington or otherwise, and those who are just plain impatient to come by the King County Elections office in Renton. The regular office hours are weekdays 8:30am - 4:30pm with extended hours this Saturday from 9:30am - 3:00pm. This Monday, the very very very last day that eligible citizens may register to vote, office hours will be extended from 8:30am - 6:00pm. Egan says that the majority of those voting early are people who came in to register and just couldn’t wait to vote. Over 100 citizens have cast their ballots at the early voting site since it opened two days ago. See how exciting and intoxicating it is to participate in our democracy?
This totally free democratic elixir has already been made available in several states. Ben Smith, from Politico.com, reports on early voting starting yesterday in North Carolina. It is possible that a third of the electorate, predicts Paul Gronke of the Early Voting Information Center, may vote early this election cycle.