Kitsap County Public Works installs a new ballot drop box in Manchester. Photo: Kitsap County Election Division

Kitsap County adds eight ballot drop boxes

PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap County voters will have fewer excuses not to drop off their election ballot envelopes to the county’s Elections Division for counting.

The auditor’s office division is adding eight new ballot boxes before the Aug. 1 primary election, expanding on the nine already in place throughout Kitsap County. Ballot drop boxes allow voters to return ballots up to 8 p.m. on election night without a postage stamp.

The new boxes are scheduled to be installed shortly in Manchester, Southworth, Burley, Kingston, Suquamish, Tracyton and Navy Yard City. The eight new locations were selected to meet the requirements of SSB 5472, passed by the state Legislature and signed by the governor last year.

“The addition of these ballot drop boxes provides voters more convenient locations in our community to return their ballot and participate in the election process,” Dolores Gilmore, Kitsap County auditor, said.

For a list of ballot box locations, go to http://bit.ly/kitsapboxes.

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