Staff from the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office are collecting ballots from official drop boxes this week, and will continue to collect ballots through the Nov. 3 general election.
In the Methow Valley, there are drop boxes in front of Twisp Town Hall and at the Winthrop Barn. Ballots can also be placed in a secure ballot drop box before 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.
Ballots were in the mail to all registered voters last week. If you expected to receive a ballot and did not, contact the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office at (509) 422-7240.
Completed ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3, if they are mailed. County Auditor Cari Hall strongly advises putting them in the mail at least a week before then. Ballot envelopes are prepaid, so no postage is necessary. All returned ballots must be signed.
Hall said she and her staff will be working to make sure ballots are collected frequently from drop boxes.
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.
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. 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.
The Auditor’s office will have a new live video feed for citizens to observe ballot inspection boards for the November general election. The link will be available on the elections tab of the auditor’s page on the county’s website at: http://okanogancounty.org/auditor/elections/elections.