April Special Election under way

April Special Election under way

Nearly 10 percent of Washington’s registered voters are receiving ballots for the 2017 April Special Election voting period that ends April 25.

The state Elections Division reports that mail ballots were sent by last Friday to 388,362 voters (9 percent of state’s registered voters) in 15 counties for this election. Nearly 306,000 of the April voters are found in Spokane County. Military and overseas ballots were sent out in March. Measures facing voters include school, fire, hospital, city and county.

Counties with an April election include Adams, Chelan, Clark, Ferry, Grant, King, Lewis, Mason, Okanogan, San Juan, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Whatcom and Yakima.

Adams, Chelan, Ferry, Grant, King, Lewis, Okanogan, Skamania and Yakima counties have school levy measures. Fire district measures are being considered in Clark, Mason, Snohomish and Spokane counties, and Chelan and San Juan counties have hospital district measures. Spokane County voters are voting on a sales and use tax renewal for its emergency communications system and facilities, and voters in the city of Spokane are considering a library operations levy.

Go here to view county-by-county voters guides.

Monday, April 17, is the deadline for in-person voter registration for the special election. If you have never registered to vote in Washington and you’re eligible to vote in this upcoming election, stop by your county elections office before it’s too late.

Ballots need to be postmarked by Election Day, April 25, or placed in ballot drop boxes by 8 p.m. on April 25. Go here to learn where ballot drop boxes are located near you.

To visit your county election office or to let it know you haven’t received a ballot, click here for contact information.

3 thoughts on “April Special Election under way

  1. Question:
    Concerning the Special Election in Chelan Country for Public Hospital District No. 2. Is it decided by a majority vote, or is it a percentage the number of registered voters?

  2. Thanks for your question! We’ll have someone from the elections division contact you via e-mail to discuss in more detail.

  3. Hi Joey – Good question. I don’t know the answer because we don’t know if it’s a levy or bond measure. Your best option is to contact the hospital district and ask. They should know whether this measure needs just a simple majority or if needs to reach a threshold regarding a certain percentage of registered voters in the district. – Brian Zylstra, Deputy Communications Director, Office of Secretary of State

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