Snohomish County Elections began mailing ballots on Thursday, Oct. 17, to more than 412,000 voters for the Nov. 5 General Election. The Snohomish County local voters’ pamphlets will be mailed one per household. Voters will also receive a pamphlet from the Secretary of State covering statewide ballot measures and advisory votes.
This year’s general election features two statewide initiatives, five advisory votes, three county council positions as well as a number of city, school district, fire district, sewer district and other local district positions.
Voters are encouraged to be informed by learning about the races and issues on their ballot, reading and following the ballot instructions, using the write-in line for serious office seekers only, signing their ballot envelope and returning their ballot as soon as practical.
First-time voters wanting to vote in this election may register in person at the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office through Monday, Oct. 28. In order to register to vote in the state of Washington, a person must:
• Be a citizen of the U.S.
• Have lived in Washington state for at least 30 days.
• Be at least 18 years old by Election Day.
• Not be disqualified due to a court order.
• Not be currently under Department of Corrections supervision for a felony conviction.
Snohomish County conducts all of its elections entirely by mail. All eligible voters are being mailed a ballot to their current residential or mailing address beginning Oct. 17.
Voters choosing to return their voted ballot through the mail must ensure that it is postmarked no later than Nov. 5. Voters may return their voted ballot postage free to any one of 11 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 wait times at drop boxes on Election Day.
The 24-hour ballot drop boxes locations include Arlington, near the library, at 135 N. Washington Ave., and Marysville, behind the Municipal Court, at 1015 State Ave., as well as Everett, at both the Courthouse Campus, at the intersection of Rockefeller Avenue and Wall Street, and at McCollum Park, at 600 128th St. SE.
More information is listed on the insert delivered with each ballot, and can also be found online at www.snoco.org/elections.
Snohomish County Elections will have accessible voting equipment designed for voters with disabilities available in the Auditor’s Office through Nov. 5.
The Snohomish County Auditor’s Office is located on the first floor of the Snohomish County Administration Building, at 3000 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett. Voters may drop their voted ballots at the Auditor’s Office, Mondays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will have extended hours on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Snohomish County Elections may be reached at 425-388-3444.