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Nov. 2 General Election ballots mailed this week

Be vocal, vote local

 

Last updated 10/15/2021 at 10:39am

This week, Snohomish County Elections will mail ballots to 495,000 registered voters for the Nov. 2 General Election. On Sep. 17, 8,000 ballots were sent to military and overseas voters, and 4,000 ballots were mailed to rural and temporarily out-of-state voters on Oct. 8. Every household will also receive separate state and local voters' pamphlets.

"On Nov. 2, we will elect over 170 local community members to serve on the Snohomish County Council, local city and town councils, and other important local boards, commissions, and offices. Typically, in odd-year elections, less than half of the eligible voting population casts their ballot. I know we can do better," said County Auditor Garth Fell.

Voters can register or update an existing registration online at http://www.votewa.gov or by mail through Monday, Oct. 25. After Oct. 25, voters can continue to register or make updates as well as vote in-person until 8 p.m. on Election Night, Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the Auditor's Office or an accessible voting site.

Voters are encouraged to return their voted ballot early. By returning ballots early, voters can ensure their vote will be included in the first results released on election night. Several options are available for returning a ballot – through a ballot drop box, at an accessible voting site, or by mail (postage paid).

Voters returning their ballot through the mail should check the last collection time on the postal box to ensure their ballot will be postmarked no later than Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2. The U.S. Postal Service recommends voters return their ballot a few days before Election Day to ensure timely postmarks. By law, ballots postmarked after Election Day cannot be counted.

When in doubt, use one of 32 conveniently located ballot drop boxes across the county. Locations are listed on an insert mailed with every ballot, in the local voters' pamphlet, and on the Snohomish County Elections website at http://www.snoco.org/elections. Drop boxes are open 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Voters who have not received a ballot by Oct. 23 can call 425-388-3444. For more information: http://www.snoco.org/elections or contact Snohomish County Elections at [email protected]

 

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