The local voting period for the November 8th General Election has begun.
Secretary of State Kim Wyman says that statewide, nearly 4.2 million ballots are being sent out. Locally, Grays Harbor County Auditor Vern Spatz tells KXRO that they have mailed 40,219 ballots as of Wednesday today to the post office.
That number includes early mailing for military and overseas voters. Spatz said that some of those have already come back, including 2 from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India.
“By Monday, we will start seeing ballots back in our office.”
A record 4,250,526 Washington residents are registered in this election.
“We are seeing exceptional interest in this presidential-year election,” said Wyman. “Since April, more than 250,000 new voters have registered, including an unprecedented surge of 50,000 just before this month’s deadline for online, motor voter and mail-in registration.
“There really is something for everyone in this election. We have perhaps the most fascinating and unpredictable presidential race in history, with 24-7 news coverage.”
Wyman said that despite recent reports of Russian attempts to hack state election systems and “rigged” elections, “We have full and complete confidence in the integrity of our system. Elections professionals will treat every voted ballot will great care and security. Every vote will be tabulated as the voter intended.”
“This really is a watershed year in this country and this state and I urge every registered voter to take part. This is the prime opportunity for every voice to be heard.”
Wyman has said that she is expecting an over than 80 percent turnout statewide.
Voters have until November 8 to return their ballot to a drop-box, or mailed back to the Auditor’s Office.
Looking for other ways to study the candidates and ballot measures?
• MyVote – Visit www.myvote.wa.gov to view your candidates and ballot measures.
- Online Voters’ Guide – View all state candidates and ballot measures online at MyVote.wa.gov. There are versions in English, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese, as well as an audio version of the Voters’ Pamphlet.
- Video Voters’ Guide – Our Elections Division and TVW have again teamed up to offer the 2016 Video Voters Guide, which includes statements by candidates for federal and statewide offices, as well as the three state Supreme Court positions on the ballot, and pro and con arguments on the statewide ballot measures.