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Only a few days left to return November 2nd General Election ballots

Snohomish County mailed ballots to over 510,000 registered voters on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Among other races, the November 2nd General Election will determine who gets four contested Mill Creek City Council seats.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

October 29, 2021, update.

According to the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office, 64,638 General Election ballots have been returned county-wide as of Thursday, October 28th. This represents only 12.50% of the 517,111 ballots issued.

The City of Mill Creek has a slightly higher return rate of 13.90% with only 1,836 out of 13,210 ballots returned.

Turnouts in off-year elections are traditionally low, but a number of Mill Creek City Council races and Everett School Board races will be determined this year.

Low turnout means each ballot makes a difference in the outcome.

October 22, 2021, update.

According to the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office, 21,150 General Election ballots have been returned county-wide as of Friday, October 22nd. This represents only 5.65% of the 516,025 ballots issued last week.

The City of Mill Creek has a slightly higher return rate of 5.95% with only 786 out of 13,181 ballots returned.

Turnouts in off-year elections are traditionally low, but a number of Mill Creek City Council races and Everett School Board races will be determined this year.

Original October 15, 2021, article.

Local elections matter!

The November 2nd General Election features Mill Creek City Council races, Everett School Board races; and a number of other important local races for county, fire, and other district offices.

Voters are asked to also express their wishes on some statewide advisory measures. 

Snohomish County mailed General Election ballots to over 510,000 registered voters on Thursday, October 14th. All registered voters should receive their ballot no later than Wednesday, October 20th.

The local voter's pamphlet was also mailed out this week.

A voters’ pamphlet containing statewide ballot measure information was mailed earlier in the month by the Secretary of State’s office.

What do you do if you get one?

What do you do if you didn't get one?

Here is my advice if you got a ballot and are ready to vote:

  • Do your research. There is a lot of disinformation out there. Check out the voter guides you were mailed or Washington state's customized guide featuring only the issues or races on which you can vote.
  • Ask your friends and family what they think. Just be ready to hear some very emotional responses about the Mill Creek City Council races after all of the drama at city hall over the past four years.
  • Fill out your ballot. You know how this works.
  • Mail it or put it into one of the county's Ballot Drop Boxes. No stamps are required either way, but your ballot must be postmarked no later than November 2nd to count.

Don't panic if you didn't get a ballot and want to vote. Here's what you can do:

  • If you are registered to vote and have not received a ballot by October 20th, call 425-388-3444.
  • If you are not registered to vote, you have until October 25th to register online or by mail. This year you can register and vote in person at any county election office up until November 2nd.

Please participate. We are an example for the world.

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