With ballots starting to go out in Washington, King County officials want to put security concerns to rest.
King County starts mailing out ballots: When you can expect yours
King County Executive Dow Constantine said this week that unarmed, plainclothes security will be protecting ballot drop boxes, as part of a larger effort to prevent voter intimidation. Additionally, officials emphasized the safety of the drop boxes themselves.
King County Elections ballot drop boxes are reportedly made of half-inch-thick steel, and are bolted to concrete, “with multiple locking mechanisms, no pry points, and equipped with tamper evident seals.”

Ballot drop boxes open today! Drop boxes are a secure, convenient way to return your ballot. Constructed of half-inch thick steel, boxes are bolted to concrete with steel bolts, with multiple locking mechanisms, no pry points, and equipped with tamper evident seals. THREAD 1/3 pic.twitter.com/8VnFfH0AzM
— King County Elections (@kcelections) October 15, 2020

When ballots are picked up, it’s by a pair of trained King County Elections staff members, “with a comprehensive set of security procedures.” Drop boxes are emptied daily.
According to the county, over 96% of residents live inside of three miles from a drop box location. In total, King County boasts 73 ballot drop boxes, up from the 10 it had in 2016. You can find the drop box closest to you here.
King County began sending ballots out on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and should arrive in mailboxes by no later than Oct. 19. If you don’t receive your ballot by then, you can call King County Elections

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