Anacortes voters have started receiving election ballots for next month’s general election. Election day is Nov. 4.
In addition to national and statewide offices, Anacortes voters will be able to vote for PUD Commissioner, two County Commissioner positions and two county ballot measures, both listed as Proposition No. 1. One of them asks voters to decide if the PUD should acquire Puget Sound Energy’s facilities in the county. The Prop. 1 asks for approval of an increase in the transportation tax to provide better bus service.
Skagit County Auditor Jeanne Youngquist says “Voter registration is in high gear with 4,807 new voters registered in Skagit County since the August Primary Election.” She added, “Registration for first time voters only is open until October 20, 2008.”
New voters must go to the Auditor’s Office Election Division in person to register. On Monday, October 20, 2008, the office will remain open until 8:00 p.m. to facilitate the deadline; otherwise, office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The deadline for on-line or mail-in registration was Saturday, October 4, 2008. “We expect to receive the last bundle of on-line registrations from the Secretary of State’s office this week,” said Youngquist.
All new registrations are authenticated by sending a return postcard for an additional signature to the address presented upon registration.
Voters are encouraged to follow the directions on both the ballot and the envelopes provided and to be sure to sign the return envelope. Ballots must be postmarked by November 4, 2008 on Election Day or placed into official election drop boxes by 8:00 p.m. The Anacortes box is located on the north side of the library, next to book return drop-offs.