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OLYMPIA —Ballots for the 2019 General Election began to arrive in mailboxes last week. Voters have until 8 p.m. Nov. 5 to return their ballots, but Secretary of State Kim Wyman is encouraging Washingtonians to vote early.

“We’ve worked hard to make our elections accessible for voters, including the implementation of same-day voter registration which allows prospective voters to both register to vote and cast their ballots on Election Day,” said Wyman, the state’s chief elections officer. “Just because you can wait until Election Day to vote doesn’t mean you should. Ballots with late postmarks will not be counted. I encourage everyone to vote early to ensure ballots are received by the Nov. 5 deadline.”

Voters may return their completed ballots by mail – no postage required – or in-person at their county elections office. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day. Voters may use the VoteWA portal to ensure their ballot has been received.

Eligible Washington citizens can still register to vote in the 2019 General Election. Registration can be done online at VoteWA.gov or by mail by Oct. 28, or in-person at a voter’s county elections department up until 8 p.m. Election Day.

“Odd-year elections tend to not garner as much attention as even-numbered years, but these elections can have a big impact on our day-to-day lives and our communities. Many of the races and issues on this year’s ballot exemplify representation at its most local level,” said Wyman. “In addition to three statewide measures, there are a number of local measures voters have an opportunity to consider. Voters should read through their ballots carefully and weigh in on the issues most important to them.”

Voters can check and update their registration information, and access a personalized voter’s guide by visiting VoteWA.gov.

Washington’s Office of Secretary of State oversees a number of areas within state government, including managing state elections, registering corporations and charities, and governing the use of the state flag and state seal. The office also manages the State Archives and the State Library, documents extraordinary stories in Washington’s history through Legacy Washington, oversees the Combined Fund Drive for charitable giving by state employees, and administers the state’s Address Confidentiality Program to help protect survivors of crime.

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