Dear Neighbor, Today, the City of Seattle is announcing its ‘Rock the Block’ Stay Healthy Blocks to help residents stay close to home on Election Day. Voting is one of our greatest rights and duties as Americans and Election Day is an opportunity for us to shape the future of our communities. We’re in the midst of a global public health crisis and an election cycle that has perpetuated fear, anxiety, and uncertainty for so many of us, both here in Seattle and across our country. With Rock the Block, we wanted to facilitate ways for Seattle residents to be in community with their loved ones and neighbors in a way that’s safe, healthy, and respects the need for social distancing. Rock the Block allows residents who want to be with their loved ones and neighbors on Election Day the opportunity do so while remaining in compliance with Phase Two of the Governor’s Safe Start plan. Like all Stay Healthy Blocks, maintaining social distance and wearing a face covering is required. Rock the Block is available for all non-arterial streets and streets will be open to pedestrians from 12 – 9 p.m. on Election Day. For a full list of requirements, please visit SDOT’s blog post. Rock the Block can be accomplished in seven quick steps: If you haven’t already, vote! Rock the Block locations are not ballot boxes; you can find a full list of ballot boxes here. Make a plan to ensure your block aligns with SDOT’s criteria. Tell your neighbors and spread the word about your Rock the Block plan. Register online. Prepare to close your street by printing all necessary signs and securing barricades. Set up your street. Take down your barricades by 9 p.m., November 3. Let us know if you’re interested in pursuing a Rock the Block street closure in your neighborhood! We’d be happy to help you with the registration process, as well as connect you with any other local organizations or small businesses who are interested in Election Day programs as well. Don’t hesitate to follow up with any questions. And if you haven’t already, please vote! To date 70 percent of Seattle residents have voted. Residents can return their ballot to a ballot drop box (no stamp required). Ballot must be returned to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020. Plan ahead to avoid lines, or be prepared if there are. Read more about returning your ballot.  Sincerely, Andrés Mantilla