Voting Centers are an extension of our main office.
Accessible voting using touch-screen equipment.
Ballot drop off.
Voting assistance from Election staff.
Ballot Drop Box Additions
Each year in March, the ballot drop box program is evaluated, as part of our Department's budget planning. Existing ballot drop boxes are assessed for:
Utilization. Are boxes so heavily-used that they reach capacity quickly? Is there a box under-utilized, perhaps because voters can't find the box?
Geography. A GIS (Geographic information system) model is applied, to calculate population density and travel time. This addresses equality.
Socioeconomic status. Beginning in 2017, ballot drop box placement is also evaluated using socioeconomic indicators, such as income and ethnicity. This addresses equity.
This is how we identify and plan for any expansion of the ballot drop box program. If additional boxes are needed or an existing box needs to be relocated, we budget accordingly. Our budget is submitted in July and approved by the County Council in November.
Currently 98.5% of all registered voters in Pierce County live within a 10 mile driving distance of a drop box and approximately 90% live within five miles.
See below for maps of our most-recent analysis.
How Ballots are Returned and Volume
How Pierce County Stacks Up Among Washington's 12 Largest Counties
Future Placements Under Consideration
Equity and Socioeconomic Status - Ballots Returned to Drop Box 2016 Election