Secretary of State: 21,000 voters may not have received ballots by mail

Published on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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The Washington Secretary of State announced yesterday that about 21,000 voters and/or potential voters who registered to vote or changed their addresses via the Department of Licensing (DOL) website may not have received their ballots in the mail.

The DOL offered Washington residents who were updating their addresses online the opportunity to update their addresses for voter registration purposes, co-director of state elections Katie Blinn said in a press release. However, the Secretary of State’s office has not received many of these address updates, meaning thousands of residents who changed their addresses online may not have received ballots at their new addresses.

The Secretary of State’s office is reminding residents that may not have received their ballots in the mail that they can vote using a provisional ballot at their county elections office. Provisional ballots are an option any time voter registration information has not been updated or there is a question on which races and ballot measures a person is eligible to vote, Blinn said.

The Whatcom County Elections office is located at 331 Grand Avenue in Bellingham. Anyone who has questions on whether they are registered to vote, or whether they are registered at the correct address, can visit and check their address.

Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 8, (today) or dropped of at a county-approved ballot drop site by 8 p.m. this evening. 


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