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County Auditor Youngquist’s office is sending out ballots May 3 to approximately 70,300 registered voters for Washington’s 2016 Presidential Primary.

To assure military and overseas ballots can be returned in time to count, these ballots were sent in early April. The 18-day voting period for the state’s Presidential Primary ends May 24. Ballots must be returned or postmarked by that date. 

Skagit County Auditor Jeanne Youngquist wants to remind voters that to assure your ballot is counted you must:

1. Sign the declaration on the return envelope
2. Select your preferred political party (Democrat or Republican)
3. Vote for one Presidential candidate from the preferred party you selected
4. Be sure your ballot reaches the Election Office in time

Voters who wait until a few days before the deadline to fill out their ballot are urged to use a drop box, which will be closed and locked at 8 p.m. election night. Drop Box locations are listed in the ballot packet you receive.

Washington households will receive a state Presidential Primary Voters’ Pamphlet around the same time that ballots are sent. Voters who don’t receive a Voters’ Pamphlet should contact the Office of Secretary of State’s Election Division at (360) 902-4180, (800) 448-4881, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Secretary of State Kim Wyman is forecasting a 42 percent voter turnout for the state Presidential Primary, Washington’s first since 2008. Skagit County usually surpasses the state average and will likely achieve well over a 50 percent return. The election momentum of this year’s Presidential election is likely to bring a record turnout all over the nation.

Both parties held caucuses, with Democrats using theirs as the method of allocating national convention delegates.Republicans will use the primary to allocate 100 percent of their 44 delegates to the national convention.

The Secretary of State website offers answers to frequently asked questions for the Presidential Primary.

The last day for online or mail-in voter registration or changing one’s address before the Presidential Primary is April 25

Skagit County residents who are not registered to vote in Washington have until May 16 to do so in person at the Skagit County Auditor’s Office, located at 700 South Second Street, Rm. 201 in Mount Vernon. Reach us at 360-416-1702 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit our website at and select “Elections.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

298 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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