The security setup is part “Mission: Impossible” and part common sense. (Issaquah Press)
King County Elections staffers travel in pairs to retrieve ballot packets from ballot drop boxes. Trucks must pass through a secure gate and a concertina-wire-topped chain-link fence to deliver completed ballots to the elections office.
Inside, electronic key cards and biometric controls to authenticate fingerprints limit access to ballots and processing areas. Crews transport returned packets in a separate elevator from the loading zone to the processing area. The building lacks wireless Internet access to limit possible information leaks. The office maintains a strict policy to require employees and guests to don color-coded lanyards to determine security clearance.