Big day arrives for candidates — and voters

Today is Election Day. Ballots must be postmarked Nov. 7 or deposited into a drop box by 8 p.m.

PORT ORCHARD — Today is Election Day.

Ballots must be postmarked Nov. 7 or deposited into a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. For drop box locations, go to You can also read the Kitsap County Voters Pamphlet and check the status of your ballot at that website.

The county Elections Office mailed out 164,041 ballots countywide. As of Nov. 6, 41,750 — or 25.45 percent — had been returned. On Election Day, Kyle Joyce, Kitsap County Elections Division manager, said he estimates that 40 percent of election ballots to be returned by the election’s certification. will post stories Election Night — not just the results, but what the results mean. Updated stories will be published in the Nov. 10 Kitsap News Group print editions: Bainbridge Island Review, Central Kitsap Reporter, North Kitsap Herald, and Port Orchard Independent.

For the Kitsap News Group Voters Guide, go to For videos of candidate forums, go to (League of Women Voters candidates forums) and (North Kitsap Herald forum for write-in candidates for Poulsbo City Council, Position 7).

For previous stories about the candidates, go to and type in the candidate’s name.

On local ballots are mayors (Bremerton and Poulsbo), and city council members (Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo); school board members (Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Central Kitsap, North Kitsap, South Kitsap); fire district commissioners (Bainbridge Island, Central Kitsap, North Kitsap, Poulsbo, and South Kitsap); port commissioners (Bremerton, Brownsville, Eglon, Illahee, Indianola, Kingston, Manchester, Poulsbo, Silverdale, Tracyton, Waterman); park and recreation district commissioners (Bainbridge Island. Kingston); and sewer district, utility district and water district commissioners (Bainbridge Island, Manchester, Rocky Point and North Perry areas of Bremerton, Port Orchard, and Silverdale).

Countywide, voters will decide whether to increase the property tax levy they pay to support Kitsap Regional Library services.