All quiet at the drop-off ballot box
June 11, 2008 · Updated 2:02 PM
The ballot box. It is the last vestige of the polling place. A touch of comfort in the new era of all-mail voting.
It was this blue box, locked and marked with place ballot here, that diffused tempers of an angered populace who wanted to vote in a booth and not at the dining room table. It was this blue box, tucked into a small room on the main floor of the Silverdale Community Center, that poll workers Deanna Dowell, Ellen Thornton and Sue Fox watched over for 13 hours on Tuesday.
Only a couple people who have come in have been vocal about voting by mail, Thornton said mid-afternoon Tuesday.
The votes came in steadily all day long, starting 15 minutes after the drop-off locale opened for business at 7 a.m. That bit of a delay was the first sign this wasnt your average election.
For the first time since I started doing elections, Dowell said, there wasnt anyone already waiting outside to cast their