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Ballots for the Nov. 5 general election will be mailed to registered Cowlitz County voters on Saturday.

Postage is prepaid on ballot return envelopes, so “there’s no need to worry about a stamp,” according to the Cowlitz County Elections website.

There were 54,129 voters registered for the August primary, and about 23% voted, according to the website.

The average voter turnout in the last four odd-year elections — those in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 — was about 40%, according to Cowlitz County Auditor Carolyn Fundingsland.

Voters are deciding a wide range of city council, port, fire and cemetery district races and several state ballot measures, including those on car tab fees and affirmative action.

This year, Fundingsland said the Legislature gave county auditors across the state $500,000 to educate voters on new election laws and voter registration. She also said radio ads started playing last month to get the word out, but it remains to be seen if the efforts will boost voter turnout.

Ballots can be mailed, dropped off at the Cowlitz County Elections Office at 207 North Fourth Ave. in Kelso or placed in ballot drop boxes located throughout the county, the website said.

The deadline to place ballots in drop boxes is 8 p.m. Nov. 5, according to the website, and mailed ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 5 to be valid.

Voters who have not received a ballot by Oct. 26 should contact the Elections Office at 360-577-3005.

Here are the drop box sites in Cowlitz County:

Longview: Two locations, 1525 Broadway near City Hall and at the Civic Center Circle near the veterans memorial.

Kelso: Bridge Market Lane between LJ’s Furness Drug Co. and the Allen Street Bridge.

Castle Rock: 137 Cowlitz St. in front of the Castle Rock Library.

Kalama: 514 North First St. near the post office.

Woodland: 336 Davidson Ave. in the city parking lot at Davidson and Second Street

Ryderwood: 208 Morse St.

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