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By Jana Hill
Mill Creek Editor 

General election ballots in-hand now

If not, call the elections office

 

Last updated 11/5/2020 at 3:46pm

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Ballots may be in the hands of registered Snohomish County voters now, but if they're not, it's not too late to register.

"Any voter who does not have their ballot by Wednesday, Oct. 21, should contact Snohomish County Elections at 425-388-3444," said Garth Fell, Snohomish County Auditor.

The next voting date to consider is Oct. 26, the last day for the socially distant option for unregistered voters to revise or create an individual voter registration online through Oct. 26. Information on how to do that is at: https://snohomishcountywa.gov/3972/Voter-Registration

After that date, onsite registration – or revisions for those who have moved or gone through a name change – is available until 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Snohomish County Auditor's Office, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett. Open hours starting Oct. 26 are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional onsite options are available at accessible voting sites during the specified hours for each available location, Fell said.

Those locations are Arlington Water and Wastewater District, 3626 156th St. SW in Lynnwood; Snohomish County Campus Robert J. Drewel Building, Public Meeting Room, 3000 Rockefeller; and Wyndham Garden Hotel, 16710 Smokey Point Boulevard, Arlington. Limited open hours are available. Check with those locations for times.

Once registered or updated, the process for returning a ballot includes the following: read the directions on the ballot for the security envelope and mailed envelope, fill it out per those directions, and drop it off at a specified location – mail, voting site, or ballot box.

"Ballots postmarked after Election Day by law cannot be counted," Fell said. "When in doubt, use a ballot drop box."

Snohomish County Elections will be operating 30 ballot drop boxes, which are open 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. on Election Day Nov. 3, Fell said. Ballot box locations are listed in the official voter's pamphlet as well as on an insert that comes with the ballot, he said. The Snohomish County Elections website also lists ballot box locations. Go to https://bit.ly/36XHLp5.

Other options for delivering a completed ballot include U.S. mail and accessible voting sites. All ballots are postage paid. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3, but Fell discourages a last-minute vote, and said the U.S. Postal Service recommends voters return their ballot a week before election day.

"Voters are encouraged to return their voted ballot early," Fell said.

Any mailed ballots postmarked after Nov. 3 will go uncounted.

Mill Creek has 20,897 residents as of July 2, 2019, per United States Census Quick Facts, with 21 percent of the population under the age of 18, and therefore ineligible to vote. Those who are eligible to vote are citizens of the United States and legal residents of Washington state who are at least 18 years of age by Election Day. To vote, one must not be disqualified from voting due to a court order or prison status. Felon disenfranchisement – the revoking of voting rights – varies from state to state, with some states revoking the voting rights of convicted felons, permanently.

Mill Creek voters were active in the 2016 general election, but 2,175 Mill Creek voters did not participate. In Mill Creek 10,431 people voted in the last general election, Fell said.

"It is hard to accurately identify the potentially eligible population in Mill Creek since there is no accurate source data except in census years," he said.

This election season has a number of decisions to cast for Mill Creek voters. A sample ballot for Snohomish County is visible here: https://bit.ly/3nQFq5b

 

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