Will be installed at Winthrop Barn
Winthrop will get its own dropbox for voters’ ballots, in time for the Nov. 3 general election.
The dropbox will be at the Winthrop Barn. It will be the second dropbox in the valley, joining one that was installed in front of Twisp Town Hall a couple of years ago.
At last week’s Winthrop Town Council meeting, the council approved a memorandum of understanding with Okanogan County for the dropbox to be placed at the Barn. Mayor Sally Ranzau said the drop box may eventually be moved to Town Hall.
The county requires that dropbox locations be secure, accessible and serve a big enough population to justify the placement. The boxes are available as soon as ballots go out to voters.
Ballots for the general election are being mailed to the county in time for the 18-day voting period that begins Oct. 16. If you expect to receive a ballot and do not, contact the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office at (509) 422-7240.
Voters are encouraged to mail in their ballots in plenty of time to ensure the envelopes are postmarked by Election Day. Check with your local post office for cut-off times. The mail-in ballots include free postage.
In addition, the drop boxes will be open through 8 p.m. on Nov. 3. Other drop box locations in Okanogan County are:
• Tonasket – City Hall/Library Complex, 209 S. Whitcomb Ave.
• Omak – next to the police station, 8 N. Ash.
• Omak – 12 Tribes Casino parking lot.
• Pateros –180 Pateros Mall in the parking lot.
• Coulee Dam – City Hall, 300 Lincoln Ave.
• Oroville – police station.
All returned ballots must be signed.
The Auditors Office, at 149 Third Ave. N. in Okanogan, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Election Day, for the following services: voter registration; dropping off voted ballots; obtaining replacement ballots; and using disability access voting units. Oct. 26 is the deadline for receiving new voter registrations online or in the mail. If you are not currently registered in Washington, you can appear in person in the Auditor’s Office until Nov. 3, register and be able to vote in the general election. Call (509) 422-7240 for more information.
Information sources include:
• Online voters’ guide — http://www.vote.wa.gov.