Inslee Issues 'Stay Safe - Vote Safe' Proclamation

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OLYMPIA, WA — Gov. Jay Inslee issued a "Stay Safe - Vote Safe" proclamation Tuesday, allowing for some COVID-19 precautions to be suspended if they could interfere with voters' ability to cast their ballots.

The governor's proclamation, and corresponding memo, focus on any measure "that could be interpreted to restrict access to voting centers and student engagement HUBS by persons intending to register to vote, obtain a ballot, receive assistance with a ballot, deposit a ballot or use voting-related services."

Specifically, the proclamation exempts vote centers from restrictions that would apply to other gatherings, which are limited to 5 or fewer people outside the household in counties under Phase 2 reopening.

The order also classifies all elections personnel as essential workers, elections offices as essential facilities and voting as an essential activity. Existing mandates requiring face coverings and adequate physical distancing remain applicable for both elections staffers and voters, according to the order.

"All voting centers, student engagement HUBS, and persons engaged in voting activities should practice physical distancing requirements (six feet between persons) and use personal protective equipment, including facial coverings, as recommended by the Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

Vote centers allow for eligible residents to register to vote and cast their ballots up until the very last-minute on Election Day. In King County, several additional locations will open Saturday.

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Election 2020 Voter Guide: What's On My Ballot In Pierce County?
Election 2020 Voter Guide: What's On The Ballot In King County

Vote centers in King County:

King County Elections

919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057
Weekdays, October 14 - 23, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Weekdays, October 26 - November 2, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Election Day, November 3, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Directions to King County Elections

Bellevue College Gym

3000 Landerholm Circle SE G, Bellevue, WA 98007
Voter parking in lot 17
Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, November 2, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Election Day, November 3, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Directions to Bellevue College Gym

Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center

31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S, Federal Way, WA 98003
Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, November 2, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Election Day, November 3, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Directions to Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center

Kenmore City Hall

18120 68th Avenue NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, November 2, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Election Day, November 3, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Directions to Kenmore City Hall

Accesso ShoWare Center

625 W James Street, Kent, WA 98032
Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, November 2, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Election Day, November 3, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Directions to Accesso ShoWare Center

CenturyLink Field Event Center

800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Drive-up entrance at 2100 S Royal Brougham Way
Walk-in entrance on the corner of Occidental Ave S and S Royal Brougham Way

Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, November 2, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Election Day, November 3, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Directions to CenturyLink Field Event Center

University of Washington Seattle Campus - Dempsey Indoor Center

Walla Walla Road, Seattle, WA 98105

Voter parking is available in both E21 and E9 lots. Most voters should plan to park in E21. E9 has a limited number of spaces available, including some ADA-compliant spaces, and is reserved for those with mobility issues. Get directions to parking

Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, November 2, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Election Day, November 3, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Directions to University of Washington Seattle Campus - Dempsey Indoor Center

Vote centers in Pierce County

In Pierce County, voters in need of assistance can visit the Pierce County Election Center in Tacoma:

  • Location: 2501 S. 35th St. Suite C (Tacoma)

  • Hours:

    • Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    • Election Day: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

24/7 drop boxes

All drop boxes are open 24/7 until the polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day. In King and Pierce counties, most residents live within 2 or 3 miles of a drop box.

Find maps of all drop boxes in King County and Pierce County online.

This article originally appeared on the Renton Patch