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October 7, 2016

Helpful Election 2016 tips for Skagit County voters

Are you prepared to vote in the 2016 presidential election? The Skagit County Auditor’s Office wants to make sure you’re up to speed on election-related information well before Election Day, Nov. 8.

“Voting isn’t complicated, but it’s easy to overlook some of the smaller details, like correcting your registered address or making sure your signature is up to date,” said Skagit County Auditor Jeanne Youngquist. “We’re sharing these tips to make sure every Skagit County vote counts.”

What do you need to know before November? Here are a few simple tips:

  • You must be registered in order to vote
  • You can register by mail or online until Oct. 10
  • If you’re already registered, you have until Oct. 10 to update your address or registration information
  • If you miss the Oct. 10 deadline to update your information, call the Election office to request a ballot
  • If you’re NOT currently registered, you can do so through Oct. 31 but you must come to the Auditor’s Office in person
  • Return your ballots early to ensure a more complete Election Day count
  • Make sure your signature is up-to-date. If you’ve received a letter asking for an update, don’t delay in responding
  • Sign your ballot return envelope. No signature, no vote
  • Don’t write in your dog as a candidate. It slows down processing
  • Using Skagit County ballot drop-boxes is the safest way to ensure your ballot arrives on time and gets counted

Find more information about the Skagit County Auditor’s Office online atwww.skagitcounty.net/elections. For questions or more details, please contact the Skagit County Election Department at 360-416-1702 or scelections@co.skagit.wa.us.