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Snohomish County Elections encourages citizens to vote early

This week Snohomish County Elections mailed ballots to 500,000 registered voters for the November 3rd Presidential Election. Voters are encouraged to return their voted ballot early either by mail or in one of the 30 drop boxes.

From an October 13, 2020, Snohomish County Elections press release.

This week Snohomish County Elections mailed ballots to 500,000 registered voters for the November 3rd Presidential Election. In mid-September 7,400 ballots were mailed to military and overseas voters. Every household has been sent a combined state and local voters’ pamphlet.

Here is some 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 for information.
  • Ask your friends and family what they think. Just be ready to hear some very emotional responses.
  • 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 3rd to count.

“Don’t wait - vote and return your ballot early. Early action will ensure your ballot is received on time. You will also have time to resolve any issues that might arise, and you can avoid waiting in line during this global pandemic – keeping yourself, our election workers and our community safe and healthy,” said County Auditor Garth Fell.

In addition to the Presidential race, the General Election ballot will feature races for congressional representatives, for governor and other statewide offices and for state legislative representative and senate seats.

Also included will be an election to fill an unexpired term for the Snohomish County Council District 4 position as well as a race for a Snohomish County Public Utility District seat.

There are six statewide ballot measures and local measures for voters in Fire District 26 and in South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue.

Voters can register or update an existing registration online or by mail through Monday, October 26th.

After October 26th, voters can continue to register or make updates and vote in-person until 8:00 pm on Election Night, Tuesday, November 3rd at the Auditor’s Office or at an accessible voting site during specific hours.

Voters are encouraged to return their voted ballot early. There are several options available for returning a ballot – through a ballot drop box, 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, November 3rd.

The U.S. Postal Service recommends voters return their ballot a week before election day.

Ballots postmarked after Election Day by law cannot be counted. When in doubt, use a ballot drop box.

For the Presidential Election, Snohomish County Elections will be operating 30 ballot drop boxes.

Drop boxes are open 24-hours a day until 8:00 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd. 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.

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:

Snohomish County Elections has accessible voting equipment for voters with disabilities and offers last-minute voter registration and ballot issuance.

Snohomish County Elections has accessible voting equipment for voters with disabilities. Image courtesy of Snohomish County Elections.

If you are registered to vote and have not received a ballot by October 21st, call 425-388-3444.

For more information, visit www.snoco.org/elections. You may also contact Snohomish County Elections at elections@snoco.org.

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