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Editorial: Today’s the day; mark and get your primary ballot in

For several races, primary voters will determine which two candidates will move to the Nov. 8 election.

By The Herald Editorial Board

If — in all this heat and sunshine — it’s slipped your mind, we understand, but today’s your last chance to get your primary election ballot marked and returned.

And bargaining that you can skip this election and promise to be sure you’ll vote in November’s general election could mean you’ll lose out on a candidate you prefer. While there are races where only two candidates filed, moving them automatically to the Nov. 8 ballot, several races on the primary ballot — specifically those for Congress, Washington’s secretary of state, several legislative races and Snohomish County PUD board of commissioners — have three or more candidates from which to choose. Those who vote in the primary, then, are determining who the top two candidates for the general election ballot will be for everyone who doesn’t vote by today.

The great thing about our elections is that this is an “open book” test; you’re allowed to refer to a range of sources to help you make your decision. The editorial board, of course, has made its recommendations, available at www.heraldnet.com/tag/editorials/, but voters also are directed to their local voters pamphlet mailed to registered voters and also available online, the state’s online voters guide and a series of recorded candidate forums available at the website of the Snohomish County League of Women Voters.

Ballots can be mailed or placed in one of several county election office drop boxes. Ballots must be postmarked or placed in a drop box before 8 tonight. A list of locations for official drop boxes is available at tinyurl.com/SnoCoVote22DropBox. More information on voting, registering to vote and the primary and general elections is available at tinyurl.com/SnoCoVote22.

For information on your Congressional and Legislative district — which may have changed following redistricting — go to app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/.

Mark and submit your ballot, then check HeraldNet later tonight and tomorrow morning’s Daily Herald for the latest counts and other election news.

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