FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2020
Ballots Mailed Next Week for Primary 2020
PORT ORCHARD – Ballots will be mailed by July 17 for the Aug. 4, 2020, Primary. Voters who have had trouble registering because of the closure of driver's licensing offices have options with the Elections Division and at vote centers around Election Day.
"We know the virus-related closures at driver's license offices have made it tough, particularly for new residents," said Paul Andrews, Kitsap County Auditor. "We are taking special measures to make sure they can get their voter registrations completed through our office."
New residents and voters registering for the first time can make an appointment with the Elections Division to come into the office in person. The form to make an appointment is at https://www.kitsapgov.com/auditor/Pages/Temporary-COVID-19-Requests.aspx. Or a resident can email email@example.com to request an appointment.
On Election Day and two days before voters can walk in unscheduled to one of three vote centers, including the new one in Bremerton, to register, change an address, get a replacement ballot or vote in person. The vote centers are:
The vote centers are open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 and Monday, Aug. 3. On Election Day the centers are open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Voters have a lot of candidates to choose from this year. Help is available in the Local Voters' Pamphlet mailed this week. Kitsap voters can read the statements from 110 candidates running for 19 different offices in the pamphlet, also available online at kcowa.us/lvp. The online version has updated contact info for candidates who made changes after our print deadline. The pamphlet also includes a list of 22 ballot drop box locations.
A web cam viewing the Elections processing room will be on during processing so anyone can see ballot handling as it happens. The view is available on the main Elections page at kcowa.us/elections 24 hours a day, beginning July 20.
No postage is needed to return a ballot, and the county's 22 ballot drop boxes will open on July 17 until 8 p.m. on election night. Voters returning their ballots by mail should do so before Friday, July 31 to ensure their ballots are postmarked on time. Ballots must be returned to one of the county's drop boxes or vote centers by 8 p.m. on Aug. 4, or postmarked by that day.
Online and mail registrations and other voter updates must be received by July 27.