Edmonds ballot drop box gets a new home nearby

The new ballot drop box location outside the Edmonds Library off Dayton Street. (Photos courtesy Snohomish County Elections Office)

The Snohomish County Elections Office recently moved the location of the Edmonds ballot drop box at the Edmonds Library. The box is now located off Dayton Street near the library book drop and the U.S. Postal Service mailbox.

“Edmonds is one of our most used boxes,” said County Auditor Garth Fell. “This move was made to improve access, allowing for both drive-up and walk-up voters with separate drop slots for each. We also took this opportunity to upgrade the box to one with more sturdy construction and additional security features.”

Signage tells voters that the drop box has been relocated.

Sgnage at the old location of drop box, outside the library near Main Street, directs people to the Dayton Street side of the library parking lot, Fell said.

  1. I use the drop box for ever election. The new location is more logical for drivers as they now don’t need to first find a parking spot, and it is just as convenient for walkers like me .

  2. This is great! Agree with Ron about the struggle to find parking at times. This will be much better.
    Thank you!

    1. I miss going to Edmonds Elementary and voting in person on Election Day. And getting a sticker. Drop box is just not the same.

  3. I loved voting in person. The seniors knew who you were after voting for years. The main reason is Vote by mail has decreased people voting in this state ten fold. Washington voters used to vote 70-80% of our population. Last election it was in the 30s%. So the idea of vote by mail allowing seniors to vote? That is not the issue. I vote we go back to vote in person and a voters card. Most European countries have already switched back to vote In person. I felt good voting in person too and wearing my I voted sticker. Why do you think European countries switched back? People thought their votes were tampered with or just not counted..

    1. You are quite right that most countries do not allow mail-in ballots (except for absentee voting – military abroad, etc.). But does mail-in voting reduce participation? – An interesting question! Any answer has to include a) numbers registered and b) voter apathy in an era where many, for many reasons (voter suppression, gerrymandering, the Electoral College) feel that their vote doesn’t have any result.

      To add some grist to the discussion mill, I did a little digging, and found the following:

      – More than half of all countries and territories have compulsory voter registration. Though the exact policy varies from one place to another, 122 of the 226 countries and territories in the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network have some form of compulsory voter registration

      -Before the coronavirus outbreak, about a quarter of countries had used postal ballots in their national elections. Out of 166 countries for which data is available, 40 used postal ballots in their most recent national election, according to country experts surveyed before the COVID-19 outbreak by the Electoral Integrity Project.

      -Paper ballots are by far the most common form of voting. Votes are cast by manually marking ballots in 209 of the 227 countries and territories for which the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network has data.

      How elections work around the world | Pew Research Center

    2. I looked up voting rates – the Secretary of State has rates going back to 1980. It looks like whenever there is a presidential election, we continue to have 80% turnout, which is amazing. But otherwise, it doesn’t look like any meaningful changes in voting behavior either way since our ballots were changed to mail in. I know I like the opportunity to take time with my ballot, and get it in early. But I also wish I’d had an opportunity to vote in person – I loved going with my dad when he’d vote while I was growing up.

  4. Yes, the new ballot box location is more convenient but it would have been nice to be advised of the change prior to the election. I arrived on Tuesday morning to find a traffic jam at the library parking. Finally was able to reach the normal handicapped parking (near the box) only to discover there was no box. I looked around for several minutes before I discovered the sign on the wall directing me to the new location.

    It was just like the situation there for the Arts. Looked for a handicapped space only to find half the lot blocked off.
    Finally found parking several blocks away, then discovered the parking was reserved for handicapped!
    Again, these moves Iā€™m sure were made with good intent but notice was provided ahead of time so went unused.

  5. While I too enjoyed voting in person, I’m happy to be able to vote by mail. I’m able to study the issues & candidates and fill out the ballot at my convenience. If the sticker is important, maybe the county auditor could include one with the ballot.

    Regarding fraud, what’s better than a paper trail? Results can be easily verified with a recount because of the mail in ballots.

    As for participation, any election that does not include major offices have always suffered low participation. People aren’t motivated to vote for school Bonds and levies unless they’re invested. Below is the link to the Secretary of State showing registered voters participation in presidential elections since 1952. It has been fairly consistent (75-84%) – never a ten fold drop.

    European elections have not made a switch from mail in voting. Most countries never voted that way to begin with but they do allow for mail in ballots as an option. As of 2020, there were 42 European countries with democratic elections and almost as many methods of how they manage elections.

    Link to Secretary of State info: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/data-research/voter-participation-statistics

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