As part of a plan to improve equity and reach places with lower voter registration rates, the King County Council approved funding to add more drop boxes around the county in February. Hodson said a plan for locations needed to be submitted to drop box manufacturer Laserfab by April, but the company could only produce so many in time for the primary election. Nineteen boxes were added in July.

“When we looked at locations, we looked at many, many factors,” said Kendall Hodson, King County Elections chief of staff, “factors like parking and access. The problem with Capitol Hill is many places don’t meet that criteria.”