King County Elections hearing reports of ballot drop boxes filling up

King County Elections hearing reports of ballot drop boxes filling up
A ballot drop box stands outside the King County Elections office Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Tukwila, Wash. Ballots for county residents are being mailed Wednesday. Washington state is one of five states, along with Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, and Utah, that conduct elections entirely by mail-in voting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (Elaine Thompson)

KING COUNTY, Wash. — Officials with King County Elections said on Saturday that they were hearing of ballot drop boxes filling up from people voting.

The county has assured voters its ballot collection teams are out emptying boxes at least once a day and in busy locations, twice a day.

“Ballard Library, for example, tends to be our busiest box. Others in that top tier include Crossroads in Bellevue, Redmond City Hall, our box at Elections HQ and more.” officials said.

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Officials said that the ballot drop box bins hold about 5,000 ballots and could “theoretically hold more.” However, what they see more often “than a truly full box is the ballots stacked up a little funky and that makes it hard to get more in there. But we’re expecting to break records this weekend.”

The pandemic has more places across the nation following Washington’s lead, offering mail-in options.

However, the president’s attack on the process has raised doubt among some voters.

Recently, KIRO 7 spoke with King and Pierce counties' election directors regarding mail-in ballot security, and they said there are features on each ballot that include bar codes to keep track of each one. Regarding the security of the high-speed scanners that count the ballots, they are located in an internet-free “bubble”.