Ballot returns so far are slow throughout North Central Washington, but elections officials say they expect a similar voter turnout as the last odd-year general election — between 50 and 55 percent of registered voters.
To be counted, ballots for today’s election must be postmarked by today, or dropped at a dropbox by 8 p.m. in locations around North Central Washington.
With a couple of controversial initiatives on the ballot and a handful of contested races, some voters are likely waiting until the last minute to vote, some elections officials said.
Many were not making predictions about this year’s voter turnout. “We can only gaze into that crystal ball and see fog,” said Okanogan County Deputy Auditor Mila Jury.
Jury said she’s seen years when most voters wait until the last day to send back their ballots, particularly if they’re undecided, if there are issues they’re not familiar with, or if there’s a controversial race in which new information could change their vote.
“There have been times that the Wednesday after Election Day is our biggest day” of ballot returns, she said.
For those that are voting late, voters should check with their post office to see how late their ballot can be mailed to be postmarked today.
All drop boxes are open until 8 p.m., and can be found in the following locations:
• Chelan County: Chelan County Courthouse in Wenatchee; Wenatchee Public Library; Cashmere City Hall; Leavenworth City Hall; Chelan City Hall; Entiat City Hall.
• Douglas County: Douglas County Courthouse in Waterville; administration buildings at 140 19th St. and 110 N. 2nd St. in East Wenatchee; Mansfield City Hall; Rock Island City Hall; Bridgeport City Hall.
• Okanogan County: Okanogan County Courthouse Auditor’s Office; Omak Public Library.
• Grant County: Grant County Courthouse Auditor’s Office in Ephrata; Quincy Community Center; Grand Coulee City Hall; Moses Lake Fire Department.
K.C. Mehaffey: 997-2512