Snohomish County continues to process Election Day surge of ballots

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Snohomish County Continues to Process Election Day Surge of Ballots

Snohomish County Elections continues to process the strong surge of ballots from Tuesday’s election. 87,000 ballots were either dropped at a drop box or returned through the mail on Election Day, matching the Election Day returns in the 2016 Presidential Election.  

Snohomish County Elections will continue to process and count ballots over the weekend, releasing results at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 8, Saturday, November 9, and on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11. About 25,000 to 30,000 ballots are anticipated to be added with each count. Election results are available at

Ballot counting is a technology-supported but labor-intensive process. When a ballot envelope is returned, an elections employee must match the signature on the ballot envelope against the signature maintained for the voter in the statewide voter registration system. Only once the signature has been verified do elections staff remove the ballots from their envelopes and scan them on counting equipment.

Late arriving, on-time ballots can be received until November 25, the day before results are certified as final. As a result, counting will continue weekdays after Monday, November 11 whenever there are more than 500 ballots to count.