"When you look at the map, do you notice anything... missing?" she asks. (Here's the map of the locations where you can drop off your ballot in person, without a stamp.) "South Seattle—home of a disproportionate number of non-white, non-wealthy residents—has NO ballot drop. Sure, you can drop your ballot in Ballard, the U-District, or Magnuson Park, but there's nothing in the city south of I-90 and east of West Seattle. Does it seem right that the whiter, wealthier parts of our city have several ballot drops, while the poorer, browner parts have nada?"
Also check out the disproportionate number of ballot-drop locations in the northern part of the city and West Seattle—areas with higher median household income—to the lack of ballot-drops boxes in comparatively poorer Southeast Seattle. Keep in mind that population density is similar across Seattle, which makes the lack of ballot-drop locations in Southeast Seattle more fucked up.
I spoke with a King County Elections operator about it and, after a zip code search, he told me that Magnuson park is the closest ballot-drop location for residents of both Columbia City and Rainier Valley. He transferred me to King County Elections spokeswoman Barabara Ramey. "We are only required to have two drop boxes, because we are vote by mail and most folks have a mail box," Ramey said. "Most folks think vote by mail is a convenient way to vote."
When I asked her why there were no ballot-drop locations in Southeast Seattle, she said, "All temporary [ballot-drop] locations were decided by jurisdictions." Basically, the locations were decided by a plan approved by all cities in King County. But regardless of the excuse, the problem remains: White neighborhoods are better served for voting than neighborhoods largely populated by black people, Asians, and Latinos.