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Have two stamps ready for your ballot

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 following sites:

  • The Poulsbo Fire Station
  • The Bainbridge Island Fire Station
  • The upper parking lot at the Norm Dicks Government Center in Bremerton
  • The County Administration Building in Port Orchard
  • The Central Kitsap School District Administration Building in Silverdale
  • The Sylvan Way Kitsap Regional Library branch building in East Bremerton

Washington also offers information about licensing, housing and shelter programs and financial reporting.

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Washington an All-star in helping military members vote

A national organization is recognizing Washington and 14 other states for their efforts in helping members of the military vote.

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.

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