February 9, 2010 Special Election features local ballot measures for school districts and library district.
EVERETT – Eight School Districts and the King County Regional Library will ask local voters at the February 9, 2010 Special Election to support continuation of existing taxes or new tax and bond issues for operations and projects. Ballots for the special election will be mailed to over 300,000 Snohomish County voters beginning January 21. The Edmonds, Everett, Lake Stevens, Marysville, Mukilteo, Northshore, Snohomish and Sultan School Districts have issues before voters. In addition voters in Bothell served by the King County Regional Library will be presented with a levy lid lift question.
“Local elections affect our daily lives. Many local school districts in Snohomish County and the King County Regional Library system are asking voters to consider the level of funding these districts will have available in the coming years,” said County Auditor Carolyn Weikel.
Snohomish County conducts all of its elections entirely by mail. There are no polling locations. All voters will be mailed a ballot to their current residential or mailing address beginning January 21.
Voters that choose to return their voted ballot through the mail must ensure that it is postmarked no later than Tuesday, February 9. Voters may return their voted ballot postage free to any one of five community collection centers located throughout the county, through a 24-hour ballot drop box located on the SnohomishCounty campus or to the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office.
More information is listed on an insert delivered with each ballot. Voted ballots will only be accepted during the days and hours listed. Staff at the sites cannot accept ballots outside of these days and hours.
The 24 hour ballot drop box is located on the Snohomish County campus at the corner of Rockefeller Avenue and Wall Street in Everett. Ballots can be deposited into this secure box until 8:00 pm on Election Day.
The five community collection centers will be open to receive voted ballots the day before the election, Monday, February 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Election Day, February 9 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. These locations are:
Snohomish Sno-Isle Library 311 Maple Ave, Snohomish
Snohomish County Elections will have accessible voting equipment designed for voters with disabilities available in the Auditor’s Office beginning January 20 through February 9 and at the Lynnwood Sno-Isle Library on Monday, February 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Election Day, Tuesday, February 9 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Lynnwood Sno-Isle Library is located at 19200 44th Ave, Lynnwood.
Snohomish County Auditor’s Office is located on the first floor of the Snohomish County Administration Building, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett. The office is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The office will have extended hours on Election Day, Tuesday, February 9 from 7:00 a.m. until8:00 p.m.
First time voters wanting to vote in this election may register in person at the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office through Monday, February 1.
In order to register to vote in the state of Washington, a person must: ● be a citizen of the United States; ● have lived in Washington State for at least 30 days; ● be at least 18 years old by Election Day; and ● have had their voting rights restored if they were ever convicted of a felony.
Voters may check their registration status online at www.vote.wa.gov . If you are currently registered as an active voter, you do not need to register again.
Snohomish County Elections may be reached at 425-388-3444.