January 21, 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PORT ORCHARD – Ballots for the Feb. 12, 2019, Special Election will be mailed by Friday, Jan. 25, to voters residing within the Bremerton, Central Kitsap and Bainbridge Island School Districts. Bainbridge will also have a measure from the Fire Department.
Bainbridge voters will weigh in on a capital projects levy for the Bainbridge Island School District and an EMS levy for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department. The Bremerton School District is asking for a capital projects levy and Central Kitsap School District is requesting a school support levy. Approximately 87,000 registered voters will receive ballots.
An online Voters’ Guide at kcowa.us/lvp provides information and arguments about the measures.
Twelve ballot drop boxes (kcowa.us/vote) will be available 24 hours a day beginning Friday, Jan. 25 until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than Feb. 12 to be counted. We recommend voters mailing ballots to mail them by Feb. 8. No postage is required this election.
Paul Andrews, Kitsap County Auditor, said voters curious about how ballots are processed are welcome to come watch the process in person. “Even Kitsap residents who do not live in a district with an election this time might appreciate watching the process step by step,” he said.
Kitsap residents registered to vote who do not receive a ballot by Jan. 31, or who have a damaged or lost ballot, should request a replacement by contacting the County Elections Office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 360-337-7128. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Election Day, Feb. 12, the office will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Residents who are not currently registered in Washington have until 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 to register in person at the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office at 619 Division Street in Port Orchard. Ballots for military members and overseas voters registered in Kitsap County were sent on Jan. 11.