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Voters taking their time getting ballots in mail

But officials say most people wait until the last minute to submit ballots.

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By Jerry Cornfield
Herald Writer
EVERETT -- Snohomish County voters aren't hurrying to get their ballots in for the primary.
As of Wednesday morning, the elections office had received 56,854 ballots for the Aug. 17 election, which is roughly 15 percent of the county's registered voters.
That mark is a little more than a third of the 41 percent turnout predicted by Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel.
She said she's not concerned about reaching her predicted mark as history shows most ballots won't be dropped off or mailed in until next week.
"I think the voters are not going to be rushed. They vote when they are ready to vote," she said.
Nick Handy, the state's election director, said the flow of incoming ballots "sounds pretty typical" for a nonpresidential, even-year election.
He said he figures about half of the ballots around the state will be in by Sunday and the other half will arrive the week of the election. Ballots postmarked by Tuesday are tallied even though they may not arrive in auditors' offices until a couple of days after the election.
That jibes with Weikel's experience in Snohomish County.
"When we went to all-mail balloting, candidates and the pundits thought people would vote early, get their ballots in and then sit back and watch the election," she said.
"Our voters are proving that wrong," she said. "We receive a large number of ballots the day before the election and on Election Day."

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623;

Where to drop off ballots
Voters can bring their ballot to the Snohomish County Auditor's Office at 3000 Rockefeller Ave. or place it in the drop box at the corner of Rockefeller Avenue and Wall Street.

Ballots will be collected at five area locations on Monday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
These are:
Lynnwood Sno-Isle Library
19200 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood;

Marysville Sno-Isle Library
6120 Grove St., Marysville;

Mill Creek QFC Store
926 164th St. SE, Mill Creek;

Mukilteo Sno-Isle Library
4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd., Mukilteo;

Snohomish Sno-Isle Library
311 Maple Ave., Snohomish

Voters can learn online if their ballot arrived as well as how many ballots have been turned in from throughout the county. Statistics on ballot returns is updated daily at
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