This is where you need to go: Fifth Avenue between James and Jefferson.
This is where you need to go: Fifth Avenue between James and Jefferson. CF

I swear I'm not a hoarder. But I turned my apartment upside down this morning looking for my ballot. Hundreds of unread New Yorkers, thousands of bills from Comcast, a blizzard of election-related mailers—I found all kinds of things except my ballot. "No problem," I thought. "I'll just walk to King Street Station on my lunch break, and vote in person, like I've done before."

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Except King Street Station is not the place to go this year. If you want to vote in person today, you need to head to the King County Administration building that occupies the whole block between Fourth and Fifth Avenues and James and Jefferson Streets. The address is 500 4th Avenue, Room 440, fourth floor, according to the county elections person I called this morning. "But it's easier if you enter on Fifth Avenue," she said. So that's what I did.

I took light rail to Pioneer Square and walked uphill two blocks. On my way, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye.

Is that a farmers market? I thought to myself, passing City Hall.
"Is that a farmer's market?" I thought to myself, passing City Hall. CF

Sure enough, it was a farmer's market. Right there on the same block as City Hall. As a reward to myself for participating in democracy, I bought myself some Ellenos Greek yogurt as I walked.

After trying a few options, I bought the ginger raspberry yogurt. Best decision Ive made in weeks.
After trying a few options, I bought the ginger raspberry yogurt. Best decision I've made in weeks. CF

Its also a great place to pick up flowers, as well as kale chips, jam, fruit, and vegetables.
It's also a great place to pick up flowers, as well as kale chips, jam, fruit, and vegetables. CF

I ate my yogurt on the steps of City Hall and thought about our municipal future.
I ate my yogurt on the steps of City Hall and thought about our municipal future. CF

Once I'd eaten that yogurt—run don't walk, it's sooo good—I wandered up through City Hall to Fifth Avenue, made a right, and walked down one block to the place I needed to be.

Helloooo, democracy.
Helloooo, democracy. CF

The King County Elections official I talked to was right: If you enter on this side, you don't have to ride any elevators, you don't have to go through metal detectors, and you don't have to ask anyone for help. All you have to do is follow the red arrow.

See it there?
See it there? CF

Ta da!
Ta da! CF

Nona, who was friendly and efficient, asked for my name and birthdate, and then handed me a ballot.
Nona, who was friendly and efficient and awesome, asked for my name and birthdate, and then handed me a ballot. CF

By the way, the office had voting materials in every language you could think of.
By the way, the office had voting materials in every language you could think of. CF

I sat here and made some decisions.
I sat here and made some decisions. CF

They were not difficult decisions, because I had The Stranger's primary election cheat sheet pulled up on my phone. I voted almost entirely the way The Stranger said to, except in one race where I disagreed with a majority of my colleagues. (None of your business!)

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They were out of I voted! pins in English, so I got to take one in Mandarin.
They were out of "I voted!" pins in English, so I got to take one in Mandarin. CF

Once I was in the building, the whole process took maybe 4 minutes.

No postage, no printer, no nothing required.
No postage, no printer, not even a pen required (they have plenty there). CF

Once I got back to the office I realized I could have just filled out an accessible online ballot and printed it—but if you don't have a printer handy, just head down there in person. It's kind of fun. This in-person voting station is open till 8 pm.

Thanks for making it so easy, King County. And thank you, Nona. And thank you especially, ginger raspberry Ellenos Greek yogurt.

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