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Tuesday is deadline for mail-in ballots

Kitsap County voters began returning their mail-in ballots before the Nov. 5 deadline and are inline with projections.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, 31.103 ballots or 20 percent have been returned to the county’s Election Division. More than 7,200 ballots came in Tuesday.

“Ballot returns for the first week were right in line with projections,” said Shawn Devine, Election Division communications coordinator. “We received 18,688 ballots from Oct. 21-25, which is 11.23-percent turnout.”

The Election Division reported that 4,868 ballots came in on Oct. 25 and 4,787 on Oct. 26.

Devine said the Election Division, which falls under the Auditor’s Office, is anticipating a 50 percent turnout countywide.

“Turnout will likely be higher in districts with closely contested races like the 26th Legislative District, Port Orchard city council and others,” Devine said.

Election results will be posted by 8:15 pm on election night at www.kitsapgov.com/aud/elections.htm.

According to the Election Division, there are 153,684 registered voters eiligible to vote in the Nov. 5 general election.

Mail-in ballots for next week’s general election must be turned in or postmark on Nov. 5, according to the Kitsap County Election Division.

A ballot deposit box is located at the Auditor-Elections Division, 6119 Division St., until 8 p.m. on Nov. 5 and ballots must be mailed early enough to ensure they have a Nov. 5 postmark.

Accessible Voting Units (AVU) are available at the Elections Division Office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 4.

Materials are available in alternative formats by calling 360-337-7120. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact the Elections Division via the Washington Relay Service at 711.

Voters can access an online ballot at wa.liveballot.com/kitsap. The program provides voters access to the contests associated with their residence address. Registered voters may mark, review, and print a ballot for return to the Kitsap County Elections Division.

Anyone who has questions can contact Kitsap County Elections at auditor@co.kitsap.wa.us or call 360-337-7128.

 

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