Local Elections Matter - November 5 General Election Ballots Mailed

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Local Elections Matter - November 5 General Election Ballots Mailed

This week, Snohomish County Elections will mail ballots to 470,000 registered voters for the November 5 General Election. 6,100 ballots were mailed to military and overseas voters in late September. In addition, every household will receive two separate voters’ pamphlet - a state pamphlet and a local pamphlet.

Local elections matter! The General Election will feature races for county offices such as auditor, sheriff and treasurer; city and town council and mayor; school district director; fire commissioner and many other local offices. A large number of state measures will dominate the front side of the ballot including measures concerning affirmative action, car tabs and a dozen advisory votes. Several local jurisdictions are asking voters to consider questions regarding funding, local government structure or the annexation of additional property.

Voters can register or update an existing registration online or by mail through Monday, October 28. After October 28, voters can continue to register or make updates and vote in-person until 8 p.m. on Election Night, Tuesday, November 5 at the Auditor’s Office or at an accessible voting site.

Voters are encouraged to return their voted ballots as soon as practical. There are several options available for returning a ballot – through a ballot drop box, an accessible voting site, directly to the Auditor’s Office, 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, November 5. When in doubt, use a ballot drop box. Ballots postmarked after Election Day by law cannot be counted. In the 2019 Primary, over 1,200 ballots were not postmarked on time.

For the General Election, Snohomish County Elections will be operating 21 ballot drop boxes including new boxes in Sultan, Tulalip, and north Everett. Boxes are available 24-hours a day until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5. Refer to the insert that comes with your ballot, the local voters’ pamphlet or the Snohomish County Elections website for a complete list of available boxes.

Voters may also drop completed ballots at the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with extended hours on Election Day, November 5, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Snohomish County Elections has accessible voting equipment for voters with disabilities available in the Auditor’s Office, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hours will be extended from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5. Accessible voting equipment will also be available at the Lynnwood Sno-Isle Library on Monday, November 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 5. The Lynnwood Sno-Isle Library is located at 19200 44th Ave, Lynnwood.

If you are registered to vote and have not received a ballot by October 23, call 425-388-3444. For more information, visit www.snoco.org/elections. You may also contact Snohomish County Elections at elections@snoco.org.