||Aug. 2, 2013
Shawn Devine, Kitsap County Elections
Election Day deadline for partial county Primary Election
is Aug. 6
(Port Orchard, WA) - Voters in select areas of
the county have until 8 p.m., Aug. 6 to return their ballots for the
partial-county Primary Election.
Approximately 94,000 of the county's 154,000
registered voters are eligible to vote in this election. The vast
majority of contests this year are non-partisan. A Primary is only held
for these offices where three or more candidates filed for the position.
Some voters who are not in the election may have received voters'
pamphlets because they were mailed using Postal Carrier Routes which
reduces delivery costs compared to mailing to individual households.
"As Election Day draws near we are hearing from
voters who are concerned that they haven't received their ballots,"
Kitsap County Auditor Walt Washington said. "For most of these voters
it's because their precinct is not in the election."
That will change come October when ballots are mailed
county-wide for the Nov. 5 General Election. General Election ballots
will include numerous state and local measures, in addition to more than
80 local offices throughout the county.
Voters may view a map on the Elections Division
website which shows areas of the county that are in the Primary
here. Shaded areas of the map indicate locations that are
eligible to vote in the election.
"We've already received more than 17,000 ballots for
this election," says Elections Division Manager Dolores Gilmore.
"Turnout for this election is projected to be 35% or roughly 32,000
Voters who return their ballots by mail are
encouraged to place them in the mail early enough to ensure they are
postmarked by Election Day. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked
by Election Day in order to be counted. Another option is to use one of
the seven ballot drop boxes located throughout the county. They are open
until 8 p.m. on Election Day and provide a secure way for voters to
deposit their ballots postage free.
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