Ballots for the Nov. 6 election will be mailed to voters this coming Friday, Oct. 19, and are expected to be delivered no later than Oct. 25. Voters will have just over two weeks to fill out and return their ballots.
Voters can drop off their ballots at any one of seven county ballot boxes beginning Oct. 19 and until 8 p.m. the night of the election. The instruction insert mailed with the ballots lists the locations of each box.
Ballots may also be mailed into the election office using the prepaid postage envelope included in the ballot packet. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 6 to be counted in the election.
“The biggest thing is signing and dating the return envelope, because if we don’t have a signature, then we can’t verify the voter’s signature, and we have to send out a challenged letter stating that they need to sign it,” said Jeremy Heffernan, election manager. “That can delay the process of getting their ballot counted.”
To be included in the election results, challenged ballots must be fixed and returned by Nov. 26, Heffernan said.
Profiles of all locally contested races will be published in The Daily News within the next three weeks.
- 19th District State Representative, position 1: Jim Walsh and Erin Frasier.
- 19th District State Representative, position 2: Brian E. Blake and Joel McEntire
- 20th District State Representative position 1: Richard DeBolt and John Thompson
- 20th District State Representative, position 2: Ed Orcutt and Brennan Bailey
- Cowlitz County PUD District 2 Commissioner: Ned Piper and Duane Dalgleish
- Cowlitz County Commissioner, District 3: Joe Gardner and Jerry Cooper
- Cowlitz County Sheriff: Mark Nelson and Brad Thurman
- Cowlitz County District Court Judge, position 1: Kevin G. Blondin and Debra L. Burchett
- Cowlitz County District Court Judge, position 2: Corey Larson and M. Jamie Imboden
- Cowlitz County District Court Judge, position 3: Tom Ladouceur and John A. Hayes
The Daily News will also profile the Castle Rock School District facilities bond and two of the state initiatives included on the ballot: I-1631, a carbon fee initiative, and I-1639, a gun control initiative.
Heffernan said Cowlitz County residents should have received their voter pamphlets earlier this week. The pamphlet includes more information about each of this year’s ballot items. Anyone can view a voter pamphlet online at https://wei.sos.wa.gov/county/cowlitz.