Some Island County residents are still awaiting November ballots

Last Monday, the U.S. Postal Service said two containers of Island County ballots were misrouted.

By Laura Guido / South Whidbey Record

As election day nears, some Island County residents are concerned that they still haven’t received their ballots.

Last Monday, the U.S. Postal Service alerted the Island County Elections Office that two containers of Island County ballots were misrouted, according to Michele Reagan, county elections supervisor. She didn’t know how many individual ballots this mistake affected.

The postal service said the ballots had since been sent back to Seattle and re-delivered to the correct addresses, Reagan said.

However, Langley resident Sarah Primrose said she and her partner, Russell Clepper, hadn’t received theirs as of Monday afternoon.

“I’m not holding out a lot of hope,” Primrose said.

During her 34 years on Whidbey Island, nothing like this has ever happened, she said.

Primrose said she became concerned after speaking to friends who had already voted. She contacted the county elections office, and that’s when she learned about the mail snafu.

Primrose waited for her ballot to be resent to her, but it didn’t come, she said. She and Clepper printed the ballot documents from myvote.wa.gov, a website through the state secretary of state office.

“It’s disconcerting,” Primrose said.

Craig Cyr, while working on a local campaign, said he came across “quite a few” people who hadn’t received their ballots before realizing it was a systematic issue. As of last Saturday, he encountered three more people who were still waiting to be able to vote.

Primrose is one of those people. She said she feels lucky she realized there was a problem before it was too late.

“It’s our right,” she said. “It’s everyone’s right to vote.”

Anyone who is registered to vote but hasn’t received a ballot yet can print one from myvote.wa.gov or vote in-person at the Island County Elections Office at 400 N Main St., Coupeville.

This story originally appeared in the Whidbey News-Times, a sibling paper of The Daily Herald.

More in Local News

The Argosy sits on Mission Beach in Tulalip on Friday. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
After century-long odyssey, Argosy washes ashore in Tulalip

The boat has a storied past. It once exploded, killing its owner. It was used in WWII. Now, it’s aground.

Straight-shooting fire chief retires after 40 years

District 7’s Gary Meek was respected for leading, listening and having a great mustache.

Ferry ridership drops due to snow, construction and options

Washington State Ferries saw a 3.2% decrease in 2019. A big factor was a February snowstorm.

Larry Jubie’s near perfect 1967 Mecury Caliente, shown here at his Everett home, is one of only four made. He sold the car Thursday at an auction in Arizona and is donating the proceeds to the Providence General Foundation.
Everett man sold rare ’67 race car to aid Providence hospital

Larry Jubie’s more than $80,000 gift will help Providence General Foundation support construction.

Snohomish County has third flu death; new cases decline

Predominant B strain is decreasing. It is uncertain what a second round of influenza will bring.

1893: First East Coast shipment of shingles leaves Everett

From the 14th Street Dock in Port Gardner Bay to St. Paul, Minnesota.

Supreme Court to hear Washington case of ‘faithless’ electors

One of the petitioners in a landmark test of free will is an Electoral College participant from Everett.

Nurses, caregivers announce strike at all Swedish branches

The three-day strike starts Jan. 28, ends Jan. 31. Swedish will fly in thousands of fill-in workers.

Police: Armed man spews ‘KKK’ remarks at Lynnwood Walmart

African American workers said they felt threatened. When police arrived, the suspect said “Shoot me!”

Most Read