Walt Washington, county auditor, issued a statement saying
ballots will begin arriving Oct. 19 and that this year’s ballot
will require two first-class stamps should you choose to mail it
back. Or you can weigh it to get the exact postage. The bottom line
is one stamp won’t be enough.
An alternative to mailing is to drop the ballot at one of six
drop boxes throughout the county. The drop boxes are at the
- The Poulsbo Fire Station
- The Bainbridge Island Fire Station
- The upper parking lot at the Norm Dicks Government Center in
- The County Administration Building in Port Orchard
- The Central Kitsap School District Administration Building in
- The Sylvan Way Kitsap Regional Library branch building in East
Washington also offers information about licensing, housing and
shelter programs and financial reporting.
A national organization is recognizing Washington and 14 other
states for their efforts in helping members of the military
One of the factors the Military Voter Protection Project looked
at was the availability of electronic voting for military members
away from home. As explained in today’s story on the upcoming
primary, the state created legislation in 2010 requiring county
elections officials to make online voting available for military
members, people overseas and the disabled.
There is a process for military and overseas residents.
Dolores Gilmore, county elections manager, said county elections
employees have no way of knowing who is disabled, so the online
option is essentially available to every Kitsap County voter. You
don’t actually vote online. What you do is download a PDF version
of a ballot, with the option of marking it beforehand or not. You
can then email, fax or mail the finished ballot. In all three cases
you still have to turn in the signed affidavit that comes with your
ballot. It’s the part you sign on the envelope.
More important to military members were the other factors cited
by the Military Voter Protection Project.
- Outreach efforts to military officials.
- Specialized communications efforts.
- State legislative efforts to remove barriers.
- State efforts to make sure ballots are sent out to military
members no later than 45 days before an election.
The organization’s press release follows.