Get out the vote: Look for primary election ballots in the mail

    Ballots are in the mail to registered voters this week for the upcoming primary election. 

    Photo of "vote" lapel buttonsThe Aug. 4 primary election will narrow the field of candidates vying for congressional and state legislative positions, all state offices including governor, and county and district elected officials.  

    Under Washington’s election rules, the top two candidates in each primary contest advance to the Nov. 3 general election, regardless of party affiliation. 

    Voters in Snohomish and Island counties will also elect political party precinct committee officers and decide on several local school construction bonds issues and special levies. 

    Because of ongoing coronavirus precautions, all voter registration is currently being conducted online and should be completed by July 27 at the Washington Secretary of State’s secure online voting portal, voter.votewa.gov 

    After entering name and date of birth, residents can register to vote, update voting information, and see every race on their local ballotOther information available is tracking the status of the ballot, requesting a replacement ballot by mail, finding ballot drop box locations, seeing elected officials, and reviewing personal voting history.  

    To vote, new Washington residents must register. Current residents who may have moved, have a new mailing address or legally changed their name must re-register. 

    All voting in Washington is conducted by mail with pre-paid return postage on each ballot. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Aug. 4 in order to be counted. Voters can also return their ballot to an official county ballot drop box by 8 p.m. Aug. 4.  

    Residents who have registered to vote but missed the deadline to update an address can still vote in the primary electionVoters should contact the county elections department where currently registered to request a ballot, get help after a deadline, or make a change to voter registration.