Ballots can be dropped off until 8 p.m. Tuesday at these box locations:
• Chelan County: Courthouse, 350 Orondo Ave.; Wenatchee Public Library, 310 Douglas St.; Cashmere City Hall, 101 Woodring St.; Chelan City Hall, 135 E. Johnson Ave.; Entiat City Hall, 14070 Kinzel St.; Leavenworth City Hall, 700 Highway 2.
• Douglas County: Douglas County Public Works, 140 19th St. N.W., East Wenatchee; Law and Justice Center, 110 2nd St. N.E., East Wenatchee; Rock Island City Hall, 5 N. Garden Ave.; Waterville City Hall, 104 E. Locust St.; Bridgeport City Hall, 1206 Columbia Ave.; Mansfield City Hall; 26 Main St.
• Okanogan County: Courthouse, 149 N. 3rd Ave, Okanogan, Omak Courthouse, 2 N. Ash St.
• Grant County: Courthouse, 35 C St. N.W., Ephrata; Quincy Community Center, 115 F St. S.W.; Grand Coulee City Hall, 306 Midway Ave.
WATERVILLE — While Douglas County officials had to deal with a last-minute ballot issue over the weekend, other North Central Washington elections officials were busy this morning counting all the ballots that came in over the weekend.
Ballots for the general election must be returned or postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday.
“The problem in Douglas County affected 144 voters,” said Auditor Thad Duvall.
He said a voter came into the office on Friday and notified them that the cemetery District 2 levy measure was not on the ballot. On Saturday, “We prepared a new ballot, mailed it out and called all the households,” Duvall said.
He said the separate ballot, which has only the cemetery measure on it, was in the post office boxes or mailboxes of affected voters by Saturday afternoon.
Like other North Central Washington auditors, Duvall said he’s expecting a good turnout this election. About 45 percent of voters there had returned ballots, and Duvall predicted a 70 percent turnout.
In Chelan County, where a race for sheriff and other measures are drawing interest, Auditor Skip Moore said he is expecting an 80 percent turnout.
By Friday afternoon, 39 percent of Chelan County voters who received ballots had returned them, a total of 15,095 ballots.
Moore said more people seem to be using dropboxes than ever before. By this morning, dropboxes in Wenatchee were stuffed full. One box at the Wenatchee Public Library had 920 ballots. Moore said 46 percent of the ballots returned so far were dropped off at a box. “That’s a big shift,” he said.
Election workers in Grant County worked a few hours Saturday to prepare ballots and found 48 percent, or 16,249 ballots, have been returned. “We are hoping for a high turnout,” said election administrator Sue Ramaker.
She predicted this year’s turnout will be average.
“There’s definitely a lot of interest. I don’t think we will have any problems hitting our average,” agreed Mila Jury, deputy auditor in Okanogan County. As of Friday, 8,686 Okanogan County voters returned their ballots, or 42 percent, Jury said.
Election officials remind voters to sign their ballots. And those in outlying areas planning to mail in ballots need to check with the post office to see how late mail on Tuesday will be postmarked.
K.C. Mehaffey: 997-2512