Uptick in voter registration as deadline nears

On National Voter Registration Day, 767 people in the county registered or updated their information.

EVERETT — Efforts to increase the number of registered voters ahead of the midterm election have met with some success around Snohomish County.

On National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 25, there was a local push to encourage people to take part in elections.

That day, 767 people in Snohomish County registered or updated their voter information, elections manager Garth Fell said.

There were 520 online voter registrations, compared to 70 on Tuesday of the previous week.

“We have seen an increase in online registration activity … most likely based on National Voter Registration Day activities and other get-out-the-vote campaigns,” Fell said.

Volunteers with the League of Women Voters visited local libraries to help people register. Sno-Isle Libraries also added a link to the state’s voter registration page on every public computer at its 23 locations. The libraries have printed materials for prospective voters, as well.

As of last week, 452,905 people were registered to vote in Snohomish County. More than 24,800 of them registered this year.

Federal and state legislators are up for election on ballots set to be mailed to voters Oct. 18.

The Nov. 6 election comes during a time of particularly divisive party politics. Races across the country will decide key seats in Congress.

Locally, voters will consider fire and EMS measures, school bonds and a sales tax increase to replace the county’s aging emergency radio system, among other issues.

The deadline to register to vote online or by mail is Oct. 8 for anyone who wants to participate in the November election. That’s also the last day for voters to update information such as name or address.

People can register in person until Oct. 29 at the county elections office.

Kari Bray: 425-339-3439; kbray@heraldnet.com

How to register to vote

Online: sos.wa.gov/elections/register.aspx

Mail: Snohomish County Elections, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, M/S 505, Everett, WA 98201. Forms available at most libraries and government offices.

In person: 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett — first floor of the administration west building.

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