By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
About 12% of Mill Creek voters have returned their ballots so far. Are you one of them?
If you don’t mark and send in your ballot by Tuesday, November 7th, you have no reason to complain about the results.
So far, it looks like the voter turnout in the 2017 General Election will be even lower than usual for an off-year election.
King County reported about 14% of register voters had returned ballots as of noon on Friday, November 3rd.
As of 9:00 am on Thursday, November 2nd, the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office reported about 12% of the mailed ballots have been returned county-wide. The numbers are pretty much the same for the City of Mill Creek.
If this trend holds up, the return will be even lower than usual for an election year where neither a president nor regional legislators are normally chosen. Some say that these off-year elections normally have low voter turnout because political parties and special interest groups don’t work so hard to get votes. Less money for advertising and robocalls means less voter interest.
A few Snohomish County districts where there are competitive races have a better turnout than the county average.
For example, in the City of Snohomish about 17% of registered voters have cast their ballots as of November 2nd. The city is electing its first ever mayor and determining whether or not to allow retail marijuana to be sold within city limits. Citizens want a say in what’s happening.
The City of Mukilteo has a very contentious city council race going on, with lots of mudslinging. Almost 19% of registered voters have taken notice and submitted their ballots.
A number of local competitive races have less turnout than the Snohomish County average.
The contest for Snohomish County Councilmember in District 4 between Terry Ryan and Marcus Barton has only generated a 10% turnout so far.
Only 10% of registered voters have weighed in on the Snohomish County Fire District 7 Board of Commissioners contest between Randy Fay and Rick Edwards.
There is only one competitive Mill Creek City Council race this year. It remains to be seen if very many citizens will weigh in before the November 7th deadline.