The ballots are out: As of July 18th, 2018, 41,800 ballots mailed out to voters of Grays Harbor. The ballots should be received by Friday. There were 70 ballots, already mailed out to Grays Harbor residents living overseas or serving in the U.S. Military.

Grays Harbor County Auditor Chris Thomas reports you will not need a stamp for this election: All the election ballots mailed out for this primary and general elections will have prepaid postage. Funding from both the Secretary of State’s Office and the Governor’s office has provided a $18,000 grant to Grays Harbor to cover the costs of postage for the primary and general elections. The Grays Harbor County Auditor’s office contributed an additional $8,000 to print envelops for the prepaid postage.

This is a primary election includes federal, state and countywide elected offices on the ballot.

Based on similar primary elections over the last few years we anticipate about 32 percent of the ballots to be returned.

Ballots will be received until 8pm on August 7th primary Election Day at the election drop boxes and drop sites. Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before August 7th.

Some changes in the ballot look: No more squares. This is the first election the Elections department with be using an updated new tabulation and ballot design system called Clear Ballot. The new ballots will no longer have the square to fill in but will have an oval. Otherwise the ballot will look the same.

You will need to declare as a candidate to be a write in: Due to recent legislative changes, write in candidates will need to fill out a declaration of candidacy form before 8pm on the day of the election. There may be filing fees depending on the office and date you file.

Two New Elections Ballot Drop boxes: The cities of Westport and Oakville will both have election ballot drop boxes located at their City Halls. The drop boxes are currently in the process of being installed and should be open shortly to receive ballots.

It’s important to participate and have your voice be heard. If you don’t vote you’re letting someone else decide for you. Vote early and participate.

Questions or concerns about voter status can be directed to the Scott Turnbull Grays Harbor Elections Administrator Grays Harbor county office at 360.964-1556.