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Sketched Nov. 7, 2017


Seattle Times news artist Gabriel Campanario has been capturing Seattle's places and people in hand-drawn sketches for more than a decade. To see past columns, visit the Seattle Sketcher home page. Prints, notecards and a book of Campanario’s sketches are available for sale through The Seattle Times store. You may also fill out an illustration request to order a specific image.

This morning I watched a steady flow of drivers bringing their ballots to this Snohomish County drop-box location near the Mountlake Terrace Library.

Nearly 20 years of living in the U.S. means the drive-thru culture doesn’t surprise me anymore. As someone who prefers walking and public transportation to get around the city, I still resent getting behind the wheel, but every now and then I pull my car through drive-thru restaurants, banks and pharmacies for the sake of saving time.

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This election year, my second as a U.S. citizen, I’m realizing drive-thrus can serve purposes far more important than facilitating a quick meal on the go. These drive-thru ballot boxes help make voting convenient, and that’s a good thing.

I dropped my ballot in one of them yesterday. Did you?