Majority of King County voters prefer drop boxes for ballots

53 percent of ballots returned to drop boxes in November election.

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More King County voters used ballot drop boxes than the U.S. Postal Service in the general election. COURTESY PHOTO, King County Elections

More King County voters used ballot drop boxes than the U.S. Postal Service in the general election. COURTESY PHOTO, King County Elections

King County voters prefer ballot drop boxes to mailing ballots.

Fifty-three percent of ballots were returned through ballot boxes during the November general election, according to King County Elections. About 295,000 ballots were deposited in a drop box versus 257,000 ballots mailed through the U.S. Postal Service. Voter turnout was 43 percent.

Forty-eight percent of returned ballots were brought to drop boxes in the August primary. During the 2016 general election, 51.4 percent of the ballots were returned to drop boxes.

King County Elections added 12 new ballot drop boxes this year, for a total of 55. About 94 percent of county residents live within 3 miles of a drop box.

Here’s a look at the top 20 drop boxes with the most returns. Kent had just one location (the Regional Justice Center) make the top 20:

Ballard Branch Library: 18,695

Redmond City Hall: 13,647

Crossroads Shopping Center: 11,816

King County Administration Building: 11,776

King County Elections: 10,739

Burien Town Square Park: 10,463

Federal Way City Hall: 9,925

High Point Library: 8,991

Lake City Library: 8,849

Seattle Central College, Broadway-Edison Building: 8,562

University of Washington Campus, Schmitz Hall: 8,129

Sammamish City Hall: 7,800

Bellevue Regional Library: 7,690

Shoreline Library: 7,642

Green Lake Community Center: 7,441

Broadview Library: 7,292

Issaquah City Hall: 6,803

Woodinville Library: 6,740

Kirkland City Hall: 6,324

Regional Justice Center (Kent): 6,229

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