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Ballots and local voters' pamphlets mailed out for Aug. 7 primary

Snohomish County Elections has begun mailing ballots to more than 393,000 voters for the Aug. 7 primary.

This year's primary features races for federal, state and local offices, as well as a number of local ballot measures.

Voters who live in the 1st Congressional District will have two congressional races on their ballot. One race will determine who will serve a short one-month term — the remainder of the term — in the current 1st Congressional District, and the other race will determine who will serve a full two-year term for their new congressional district. Voters can vote for one candidate in each race.

Voters are encouraged to inform themselves by learning about the races and issues on their ballots, reading and following the ballot instructions, not writing in silly names for office, signing their ballot envelopes and returning their ballots as soon as practical. These steps will ensure that their ballots can be counted without issue or delay.

Snohomish County conducts all of its elections entirely by mail. There are no polling locations. All voters will be mailed a ballot to their current residential or mailing addresses. The first ballots were mailed out Thursday, July 19.

Voters choosing to return their voted ballots through the mail must ensure that they are postmarked no later than Aug. 7. Voters may return their voted ballots, postage-free, to any one of 11 ballot drop box locations in Snohomish County that are open 24 hours a day. Ballots can be deposited at these locations any time until 8 p.m. on election day, although voters are encouraged to return their ballots as soon as practical to avoid potentially long wait times at drop boxes on election day.

The 24-hour ballot drop box locations include near the Arlington Library at 135 N. Washington Ave., at the Everett Courthouse Campus at the corner of Rockefeller Avenue and Wall Street, and behind the Marysville Municipal Court at 1015 State Ave.

More information is listed on the insert delivered with each ballot, and can also be found online at www.snoco.org/elections. Voted ballots returned to the 24-hour ballot drop boxes must be deposited directly into the ballot drop box. Staff at the sites will not accept ballots.

Snohomish County Elections will have accessible voting equipment, designed for voters with disabilities, available in the Auditor's Office through Aug. 7.

The Snohomish County Auditor's Office is located on the first floor of the Snohomish County Administration Building, at 3000 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett. Voters may drop their voted ballots at the Auditor's Office Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will have extended hours on election day, Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Snohomish County Elections may be reached at 425-388-3444.

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