July 29, 2021, update.
Primary elections traditionally have a lower turnout rate than primary elections and this year is no different.
As of Thursday evening, July 29th, Snohomish County Elections had only received about 12% of the ballots mailed out to Mill Creek registered voters.
Voters only have until Tuesday, August 3rd, to make their voices heard by mailing in their ballots.
As well, all thirty ballot drop boxes will be open to receive voted ballots until 8:00 pm on Tuesday evening.
Original July 15th article.
From a July 15, 2021, Snohomish County Elections press release.
Today Snohomish County Elections mailed ballots for the August 3rd Primary Election to 507,000 registered voters.
Ballots were mailed to military and overseas voters on June 18th and to out-of-state and rural voters on July 9th. A local voters’ pamphlet was mailed this week to every household and is available online here: 2021 Primary Election Voters' Pamphlet.
All eligible voters should receive their ballot no later than Wednesday, July 21st.
If you are registered to vote and have not received a ballot by July 21st or have additional questions or needs, call 425-388-3444 or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.snoco.org/elections.
The August Primary narrows the field of candidates in the November General Election. The Primary consists of important local races for county, city, school, fire, and other district offices.
The ballot also contains a measure to increase the Fire District 5 governing board from three to five commissioners and a sales and use tax measure for voters in the Snohomish Transportation Benefit District.
"Historically we see a sharp drop in participation in local elections, though it’s hard to overstate their importance. The candidates we elect will determine priorities for our county, cities, schools and other local districts and can significantly impact your community." stated County Auditor Garth Fell.
He went on to say, "Voting in the Primary supports candidates you want to see on your General Election ballot. Let’s buck the trend and make sure our voices are heard - vote and return your primary ballot as soon as possible."
Voters can register or update an existing registration online or by mail through Monday, July 26th.
After July 26th, voters can continue to register or make updates and vote in-person until 8:00 pm on Election Night, Tuesday, August 3rd, at the Auditor’s Office or at an accessible voting site during specific hours.
All thirty ballot drop boxes will be open for the Primary Election to receive voted ballots. Drop box locations can be found at www.snoco.org/elections, as well as printed in your local voters’ pamphlet.
Additionally, voters can return their ballots by mail through the U.S. Postal Service. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, August 3rd. Check the last collection time on the box and when in doubt, use a county ballot drop box.
Snohomish County Elections has accessible voting equipment for voters with disabilities and offers last-minute voter registration and ballot issuance at the following sites during the hours listed:
Accessible voting equipment locations. Image courtesy of Snohomish County Elections.