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The 2019 Primary Election kicks off in Snohomish County

Snohomish County voters take notice! On Thursday, July 18, 2019, Snohomish County Elections sent out 460,000 primary ballots for the August 6th Primary Election to registered voters.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

Snohomish County voters take notice!

On Thursday, July 18, 2019, Snohomish County Elections sent out 460,000 primary ballots for the August 6th Primary Election to registered voters.

The August Primary Election narrows down the field of candidates for a number of local races and includes important measures such as the Fire District 7 EMS Levy Lift.

Don’t expect to see races where less than three candidates are running like the Mill Creek City Council election where only one or two people threw their hats into the ring for each seat. These races advance directly to the November 5th General Election.

According to Snohomish County, Primary Election ballot should arrive in mailboxes no later than Wednesday, July  24th.

A new statewide voter registration system is being used for the first time, so if you are a registered voter and don’t receive your ballot by Wednesday, you should contact election officials by phone (425-388-3444) or email (auditor@snoco.org).

For the first time in Washington State, same day voter registration will be in effect.

This means that anyone eligible to vote can visit an election office in any county to register to vote, receive a ballot, and vote in the same visit.

Also new this year, an eligible voter can register online or by mail later than before. The new cutoff date is now Monday, July 29th, which is three weeks later than last year.

Ballots have to be mailed by Tuesday, August 6th, but this year you don’t need to put a stamp on the envelope since the Washington State Legislature decided to cover postage costs.

Ballots can also be placed in the county’s drop boxes. Click here to find one near you: Ballot Drop Box Locations.

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