Get your ballots in

Registered voters should have their ballots for the Nov. 6 general election, which includes contests for Okanogan County commissioner, sheriff and prosecuting attorney. You can also weigh in on statewide initiatives regarding fees on greenhouse-gas emission and background checks and safety training for firearms.

Voters will choose a senator and representative to Congress and two reps to the state Legislature. Other races on the ballot include county auditor, coroner, Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioner, and state and local judges.

Anyone who hasn’t received a ballot should contact the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office at (509) 422-7240.

Completed ballots can be mailed — postage-free — or deposited in a drop box. Voters are encouraged to mail ballots prior to Friday (Nov. 2), to ensure the envelopes are postmarked by Nov. 6.

There is a ballot drop box in front of Town Hall in Twisp, which is open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. There are also drop boxes in Pateros, Omak, Tonasket and Coulee Dam. Remember that ballots must be signed.

Voters’ guides are available online through the county auditor’s website (click on Voters Pamphlet) or at www.vote.wa.gov. Printed guides are also available at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp and at local libraries.

Voter hotline

The Washington State Democratic Party has established a new voter protection hotline — (206) 309-8683 — where voters can receive help with registration and voting issues, report potential voter suppression incidents, and speak with attorneys about election-related matters.

The hotline is monitored by attorneys familiar with Washington state election law, and can provide answers to a variety of questions, including those related to voter registration status, rules and deadlines for voting by mail and by drop-box, provisional ballots, signature challenges, processing and tabulation of ballots, and voter intimidation and misinformation activities.   

The hotline is free of charge and is currently accepting calls.