Read what’s on the ballot online

EVERETT — Snohomish County voters can go online today to read about the candidates and measures on the Aug. 6 primary ballot.

Election officials have posted the official voters pamphlet containing statements and photographs of those running in the 17 contests taking place around the county.

Among them is a five-person battle for a seat on the County Council and heated mayoral races in Lynnwood and Mukilteo.

Under the state’s top-two primary format, the two candidates with the most votes in each of these races will face off in November.

There’s also information on a proposed sales tax hike in Monroe to help pay for public safety and another in Arlington for repairing and improving city streets.

Those hoping to find arguments for and against each of the tax hikes will be disappointed. In Arlington, no one filed arguments on either side and in Monroe, there is only a statement favoring the increase.

On Wednesday, the county will mail copies of the 20-page document to the 330,000 registered voters eligible to cast ballots in the election.

Ballots will be sent Thursday and voting will begin.

But history shows most eligible voters won’t participate. Turnout is averaging 27 percent in Snohomish County in odd-year primaries over the past decade and only reached 25.8 percent in 2011.

More in Local News

Agencies launch coordinated response to an opioid ‘emergency’

Health workers, law enforcement agencies and emergency managers are responding as they might to a disaster.

Jordan Evers distributes coffee Sunday afternoon during the annual community meal at Carl Gipson Senior Center in Everett on November 19, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Firefighters serve Thanksgiving meals at Carl Gipson center

The next two feasts at the senior center in Everett will be Thanksgiving Day and Dec. 3.

King County sheriff could face felony charge in groping case

A former deputy claims John Urquhart groped him. Renton police forwarded the case to the prosecutor.

Snohomish County Council passes a no-new-taxes budget

The spending plan still funds the hiring of five new sheriff’s deputies and a code enforcement officer.

Alleged philanderer attacked with hammer near Everett

His girlfriend had accused him of cheating and allegedly called on another man to confront him.

Pair charged with first-degree robbery in marijuana theft

A man was shot in the head during a holdup that was supposed to net about an ounce of pot.

Puffy-coated robbery suspect arrested on Whidbey

The suspect apparently wore the same outfit in 2 robberies at the same place in less than 2 weeks.

Planning — and patience — can ease Thanksgiving travel

The Washington State Department of Transportation offers information to help guide planning.

Mobile home collapse kills one person near Monroe

The single-wide fell off its cinder blocks, pinning the person underneath it.

Most Read