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November 8, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Workers outnumber voters at downtown Seattle voting center

Dave Pohl says it's been a slow day at Union Station. (Erik Lacitis / The Seattle Times)

It’s been slow all day at the “Accessible Voting Center” at Union Station in downtown Seattle, one of three such locations in King County where you can still vote in person (the two others are in Bellevue and Renton).

At 6:30 p.m., there were five people voting in the cavernous building, and 12 county elections workers there to help them.

Dave Pohl, in charge of the 12 workers, said that “less than 150” people had shown up all day. “Which is a good thing. That means people are voting by mail,” he said.

Or it could mean that finding parking by the old station is one huge hassle.

People who come to vote in person might have a disability that requires them to use special voting machines, such as one with big buttons for those with problems moving their fingers, said Pohl.

Or, like Gary Zinter, 46, “a web services guy” who lives on Capitol Hill, people who for some reason never got their ballot.

He took the bus to the station.

“I haven’t missed an election since 1994,” he said.

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