Primary ballots to be mailed out Friday

Check your mailboxes and check them often because the ballots for the Aug. 4 primary election will be mailed to voters in Kitsap County by July 17.

The current coronavirus pandemic could potentially cause problems for voters who want to register due to the closure of driver’s licensing offices, but the county’s Elections Division is scheduling appointments to register.

New residents and voters registering for the first time can visit the Elections Division website or email to request an appointment.

“We know the virus-related closures at driver’s license offices have made it tough, particularly for new residents,” said Paul Andrews, Kitsap County Auditor. “We are taking special measures to make sure they can get their voter registrations completed through our office.”

Residents can also walk in unscheduled to one of three vote centers beginning two days before Election Day to register, change an address, get a replacement ballot or vote in person. The vote centers are at the following locations:

  • Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard.
  • Marvin Williams Recreation Center, 725 Park Avenue, Bremerton.
  • Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 NE Liberty Road, Poulsbo.

Vote centers will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1 and Monday, Aug. 3. On Election Day, the centers will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

No postage is required to return a ballot. Kitsap’s 22 ballot drop boxes will open on July 17 and remain so until 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are returning your ballot by mail, do so by July 31 so that the ballots are postmarked on time. Drop-off ballots must be in a drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.