By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Your vote will count in the 2019 General Election!
Off year elections such as this year traditionally have very low voter turnout. The turnout this year is as low as ever.
As of 9:00 am on Friday, November 1st, there were only about 13% of the ballots returned for all of Snohomish County. Mill Creek is doing a bit better with a 16% return rate.
This means every vote counts for a lot!
The 2019 General Election features Mill Creek City Council races, Everett School Board races, and a number of races for county offices such as auditor, sheriff, and treasurer.
A large number of Washington state measures crowd the front side of the ballot including measures concerning affirmative action, car tabs, and a dozen advisory votes.
Snohomish County voters are asked to advise the county council about banning fireworks. This is a non-binding vote.
Here is my advice if you got a ballot and are ready to vote:
- Do your research. There is a lot of disinformation out there. Check out the voter guides you were mailed or Washington state's customized guide featuring only the issues or races on which you can vote for information.
- Ask your friends and family what they think. Just be ready to hear some very emotional responses about the Mill Creek City Council races after all of the drama at city hall over the past two years.
- Fill out your ballot. You know how this works.
- Mail it or put it into one of the county's Ballot Drop Boxes. No stamps are required either way, but your ballot must be postmarked no later than November 5th to count.
Don't panic if you didn't get a ballot and want to vote. Here's what you can do:
- If you are registered to vote and have not received a ballot by October 23rd, call 425-388-3444.
- If you are not registered to vote, this year you can register and vote in person at any county election office in the state up until November 5th.
Please participate. We are an example for the world.