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Many Washington voters opting for ballot drop boxes instead of voting by mail

It appears a record number of voters are taking advantage of county ballot drop boxes instead of using the postal service.

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — Ballot boxes around western Washington have been buzzing the last few days as voters rush to return ballots early.

It appears a record number of voters are taking advantage of county ballot drop boxes instead of using the postal service.

At a drop box in Lynnwood on Sunday, many had different reasons for coming out.

Kathy Madin is a nurse and said the election is extremely important because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I felt more comfortable dropping it off here and it saves money,” explained Madin, dropping off her ballot in a drop box.

After reports of mail thieves in Sammamish, and then ballots found on the side of the road in Snoqualmie, some voters admit they just want to make sure they get counted.

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“This year, I just don't trust the outgoing mail and I wanted to make sure it would go to the appropriate place," said voter Debbie Flothaug. "I felt confident dropping it today."

Others said they are not worried about returning their ballot by mail but just felt better knowing it was done and turned in.

“I have absolute confidence in the Post Office and our elections process, but a feeling of relief of getting it out of my hands and into the ballot box,” said Colin Odell.

Pierce County officials said they have not had any reports of stolen ballots or problems with mail theft.

County Auditor Julie Anderson said the postal service is safe but calls the ballot drop box a “sure bet."

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