Registered voters in Kitsap County will begin receiving their ballots in the mail for the Nov. 3 presidential election starting Oct. 16.
If you decide to mail in your ballot envelope, the Kitsap County Elections Department recommends that you do so by Oct. 27 to make sure it’s counted by the Nov. 3 deadline.
If you use a dropbox, you can do so up to 8 p.m. on Election Day. County drop boxes in South Kitsap are at the following locations: Manchester Stormwater Park, 2399 Colchester Dr. E.; Kitsap County Auditor’s Office, 619 Division St. in Port Orchard; Port Orchard (East) – SKFR Station 8, 1974 Fircrest Dr. SE in Port Orchard; Port Orchard (Glenwood) – SKFR Station 17, 7990 McCormick Woods Dr. SW, Port Orchard; and Southworth WSF Terminal, 11677 SE Southworth Ferry Dr., Port Orchard.
A complete countywide listing of the county’s 22 dropboxes is available on the Kitsap County Elections Division web page: kitsapgov.com/auditor/Pages/elections.aspx.
If you want to vote in person, you can do so from Oct. 16-30 at the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division St., in Port Orchard. Accessible voting units, or AVUs, are available at the Elections Division office. During that period, voting at that location will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
Also: Voting in person at that location on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3.
If you are worried about your vote counting, the Elections Department says, for example, in the recent primary out of 100,259 ballots received, 1,690 were rejected. About 900 the signatures did not match. About 670 of the ballots were received too late to be counted. About 70 were not signed. And about 50 were rejected for other reasons.
Kitsap County statistics as of April show 51.3 percent of voters are women, 48.5 percent men. About half of the registered voters are older than age 50.
The last day to register to vote is eight days before the election.