King Conservation District Testing Online Voting For March 15th Election
The King Conservation District is testing out a seemingly-newfangled manner of online voting for its public election for the Board of Supervisors position #2.
“This election features new, convenient, and secure online voting,” reads a statement. “Voters may vote from their home, business, or other computer locations.”
(Not to be confused with the King Conversation District, which is a group of loud-mouthed, smart-alec wonks who espouse their political expertise in public places, the King Conservation District is “a natural resources assistance agency” whose mission is to “promote the sustainable use of natural resources through responsible stewardship.” A five-member Board of Supervisors is responsible for all District programs and activities.)
Online voting will run until 9pm March 15th. Old fashioned, in-person voting will be held at the King CD Renton office (1107 SW Grady Way, Suite 130, Renton, WA 98057) on Tuesday, March 15th, from 9am – 9pm (one day only).
To cast your ballot, you must be registered to vote in King County (includes Burien but excludes residents of cities that are not members of the King Conservation District: Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish) View voter eligibility map.
Far as we know, this is the very first public election in our area to allow this type of online voting (if we’re wrong, please correct us either via email or in the Comments below).
The process involves going to a website (http://www.kingcd.org/new_ele.htm), clicking through to another one, entering your name, date of birth and email, then filling out the usual “I am not a robot” security captcha thingamabob. Once that’s done, you’re re-directed to download a PDF, which you then fill out with your address, then sign and either snailmail back in, fax, or scan and email in. Then, once you’re authorized (takes up to 48 hours after receipt of application) you’re emailed a PIN and online voting instructions.
Sure, it’s still a little kludgy and a bit of a hassle, but we foresee this as a step in the right direction – pure, secure online voting.
And who knows, maybe the next online election will be for local city councilmembers?
Wondering what the King Conservation District is? Here are details from their “About Us” page:
The King Conservation District (King CD) is a natural resources assistance agency authorized by Washington State and guided by the Washington State Conservation Commission. Our mission is to promote the sustainable use of natural resources through responsible stewardship. A five-member Board of Supervisors is responsible for all District programs and activities.
Since 1949, the King CD has been helping the people of King County manage their natural resources. We educate landowners, schools, scientists, consultants and agencies in how to recognize problem situations and how to avoid creating them. We also provide technical assistance in solving their problems.
We promote conservation through demonstration projects, educational events, providing technical assistance and, in some cases, providing or pointing the way to funds which may be available for projects. The King CD has no regulatory or enforcement authority. We only work with those who choose to work with us.