EVERETT – Snohomish County Elections mailed ballots July 18 to more than 332,000 voters for the Aug. 6 Primary Election. The Aug. 6 Primary is not countywide. Voters in Edmonds, Everett and Tulalip as well as some of the surrounding areas have no races to vote on in the Primary and will not receive a ballot. The local voters' pamphlets were mailed July 18, one per household to areas featuring a Primary race or issue.
This year's primary features all partisan races that are up for election and any non-partisan race with three or more candidates. This includes three County Council positions as well as a number of city, school district, fire district and sewer district positions. Local races include Arlington City Council Position 7 with Mike Hopson, Jan Schuette and Scott Keith; as well as Lakewood School District Director District 1 with Michael Blank, Oscar Escalante and Lionel (Pete) Espinoza. Ballot measures for Monroe, Fire District 4, Fire District 28, and the Arlington Transportation Benefit District are also up for voter approval.
Voters are encouraged to be an informed voter by learning about the races and issues on their ballot, reading and following the ballot instructions, not writing in silly names for office, signing their ballot envelope and returning their ballot as soon as practical. These steps will ensure that their ballot can be counted without issue or delay.
Snohomish County conducts all of its elections entirely by mail. There are no polling locations. All eligible voters will be mailed a ballot to their current residential or mailing address beginning July 18.
Voters choosing to return their voted ballot through the mail must ensure that it is postmarked no later than Aug. 6. Voters may return their voted ballot postage free to any one of eleven 24-hour ballot drop box locations in Snohomish County. Ballots can be deposited at these locations any time until 8 p.m. on Election Day, though voters are encouraged to return their ballot as soon as practical to avoid potentially long wait times at drop boxes on Election Day.
Local 24-hour ballot drop boxes locations include:
Arlington (near library)
135 N Washington Ave, Arlington
Everett (Courthouse Campus)
Rockefeller Ave and Wall St, Everett
Everett (at McCollum Park)
600 128th St SE, Everett
Marysville (behind Municipal Court)
1015 State Ave, Marysville
More information is listed on the insert delivered with each ballot and can also be found online at www.snoco.org/elections. Voted ballots returned to the 24-hour ballot drop boxes must be deposited directly into the ballot drop box.
Snohomish County Elections will have accessible voting equipment designed for voters with disabilities available in the Auditor's Office beginning July 17 through Aug. 6 and at the Lynnwood Sno-Isle Library on Monday, Aug. 5 from 10a.m. to 8 p.m. and Election Day, Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Lynnwood Sno-Isle Library is located at 19200 44th Ave, Lynnwood.
The Snohomish County Auditor's Office is located on the first floor of the Snohomish County Administration Building, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett. Voters may drop their voted ballots at the Auditor's Office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will have extended hours on Election Day, Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
The online Voters' Pamphlet can be found here.