Options available to return your election ballot

Kitsap County voters should receive them in their mailboxes by this weekend.

PORT ORCHARD — With the general election-day deadline of Nov. 7 drawing near, South Kitsap residents should either have filled out and mailed in their election ballots. If it’s still on the kitchen counter awaiting attention, there are just a few days left to complete that civic duty.

Statistics from Kitsap County Elections Division indicate most haven’t. As of Oct. 23, only 5,215 ballots from just 3.18 percent of Kitsap County’s eligible voters have been returned. But that number will rapidly grow over the weekend before Election Day.

Voters who haven’t gotten around to completing the task have a number of options in the county:

1) By mail. You can mark their ballot, slip it in the supplied protective sleeve and envelope, add a first-class stamp and toss it in the mail; 2) When you’re out and about, the ballot envelope can be dropped off at 19 countywide ballot drop stations.

2) There are 17 ballot drops located throughout Kitsap County, and more in the works. Ballot drops provide a safe secure way for voters to deposit their ballots, according to the county’s Election Division. No postage is required. Ballot drop boxes also meet accessibility requirements for voters with disabilities.

Here are their locations in South Kitsap:

Port Orchard
Kitsap County Auditor’s Office
619 Division St.

East Port Orchard
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station 8
1974 Fircrest Drive SE.

Manchester
Manchester Stormwater Park
2399 Colchester Drive E.

Southworth
11564 SE State Highway 160 (near the Southworth ferry terminal).

Glenwood
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station 17
7990 McCormick Woods Drive SW, Port Orchard.

Burley
14972 Bethel-Burley Road SE (near the Burley Store).

Other areas in the county where drop boxes can be found:

Bainbridge Island
Bainbridge Island School District
8489 Madison Ave. NE.

Hansville
Norwegian Point Park
38950 Hansville Road NE.

Kingston
Village Green Park
10810 NE West Kingston Road.

North Kitsap Fire & Rescue
26642 Miller Bay Road NE.

Poulsbo
Poulsbo Fire Station
911 NE Liberty Road

Suquamish
Suquamish Tribal Council Building
18490 Suquamish Way NE.

Silverdale
Central Kitsap School District Administration Building
(Jenne-Wright Building)
9210 Silverdale Way NW.

Tracyton
Bremerton Elks, Lodge 1181
4131 Pine Road NE, Bremerton.

East Bremerton
Kitsap Regional Library
1301 Sylvan Way.

Downtown Bremerton
Norm Dicks Government Center
345 Sixth St.

Navy Yard City
West Side Improvement Club
4109 West E St., Bremerton.

) Vote in advance by visiting the Kitsap County Auditor Elections Division at the county administration building, 619 Division St., in Port Orchard through Nov. 6. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

On Election Day, that location will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 NE Liberty Road, also will be open at that time.

Another option: Early mobile voting stations will be available throughout the county on a schedule listed below:

Kitsap County Elections is providing early mobile voting opportunities at locations throughout the county in the weeks leading up to the general election. Paper ballots, accessible voting units, secure ballot deposit boxes and voter registration services are available at each location.

MONDAY, OCT. 23
Olympic College Poulsbo
1000 Olympic College Way NW, Poulsbo
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, OCT. 24
Clearbrook Inn
12295 NW Schold Place, Silverdale
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Crista Shores
1600 NW Crista Shores Lane, Silverdale
1:30-3:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25Washington Veterans Home in Retsil
1141 Beach Drive E, Port Orchard
2-4 p.m.

Bay Pointe
966 Oyster Bay Court, Bremerton
9:30-11:30 a.m.

THURSDAY, OCT. 26
Village Green Community Center
26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Canterbury Manor
703 Callahan Drive, Bremerton
2-4 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCT. 27
Stafford Suites
1761 Pottery Ave., Port Orchard
9:30-11:30 a.m.

The Willows Retirement Living Community
3201 Pine Road, Bremerton
2-4 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCT. 28
Kitsap Regional Library Bainbridge Island
1270 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MONDAY, OCT. 30
Madison Ave. Retirement Center
285 Madison Ave. S, Bainbridge Island
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Liberty Shores
19360 Viking Ave. NW, Poulsbo
2-4 p.m.

TUESDAY, OCT. 31
Kitsap Regional Library Poulsbo
700 NE Lincoln Road, Poulsbo
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1
Kitsap Regional Library
1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

THURSDAY, NOV. 2
Bremerton Salvation Army
832 Sixth St., Bremerton
8:30-11:30 a.m.

Olympic College Bremerton
1600 Chester Ave., Bremerton
1-4 p.m

If you still haven’t received your election ballot, you’ll need to get in touch with Kitsap County Elections Division at 360-337-7128. More information about the election process is available at https://spf.kitsapgov.com/auditor/Pages/elections.aspx.

Voters in Kitsap County have 17 drop-off locations where they can return their ballot envelopes. Photo: Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News

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