Final voting. First results.
King County voters have until 8 p.m. to deposit their ballots at one of the dozens of drop boxes or van pickup spots in Seattle and around the county tonight. The county has an interactive map of the locations here. There are also three handicapped-accessible voting centers (open to all voters but primarily created to serve those with disabilities) at Seattle's Union Station, Bellevue City Hall and the county Elections Headquarters in Renton. Details are here. Note that to cast your vote in one of the centers, you must provide valid ID or sign an affidavit. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked today.
Fifteen minutes after the 8 p.m. deadline, the county will release what is scheduled to be the evening's only elections results. How's that possible? Because the elections office has been busy verifying signatures on mailed in ballots and are prepared to tally them as soon as the polls close. As of last night, 199,877 ballots had been returned countywide, with just under 74,000 of them from Seattle. The next release of ballots doesn't come until late Wednesday afternoon. There's lots of room for protracted — and nervous — waiting on outcomes in the meantime. A team of Crosscut writers will keep you posted throughout the evening.
Home sales up
The housing market continues to improve around the state, according to new data from the Multiple Listing Survey. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that data from the 21 counties in the survey indicate a sellers market, particularly in job centers like central Puget Sound. Homes in King and Snohomish counties are selling faster than in Pierce. But even in Pierce the past 12 months have seen more sales at considerably higher prices — the median price home was 16 percent higher in July compared to a year earlier, according to The News Tribune.
Bank robber tackled
Bystanders chased down a suspected bank robber in Everett and tackled him as he reached a car this afternoon, The Herald reports. Details are sketchy but witnesses apparently noticed him running from the bank and gave chase. They managed to hold him until police arrived. The robbery occurred at a Wells Fargo branch on Broadway. Will the police call him the one that didn't get away?
Bezos hates Bob Woodward?
Jeff Bezos's purchase of the Washington Post newspaper is everywhere in the media — even The Onion. The satiric site confirmed today "that Post associate editor and legendary investigative journalist Bob Woodward had already been repositioned at a new staff position in one of Amazon’s main warehouses just outside of Seattle." The Onion story includes a photoshopped image of Woodward driving a forklift at a Bellevue distribution center. Worth a look.
NBC Sports is touting its upcoming offering of England's Premier League soccer. A promo video that's taken off imagines a U.S. football coach being exported to England to run a top team. Actually, the trans-Atlantic exchange tends to be the other way around — and we thank heavens every day for German-born Sigi Schmid.
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