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San Juan County: 11,005 ballots ready for the mail

San Juan County Elections Supervisor Doris Schaller and her staff today loaded trays of envelopes containing ballots to be metered and sent to the Post Office Thursday.

Schaller said her department will mail 11,005 ballots for the Aug. 19 primary election by the end of day July 31.

Letters have also gone out to the last-known addresses of 1,229 voters termed “inactive” because the last ballot or voter registration card sent to them was returned as undeliverable. Envelopes containing ballots or registration cards cannot be forwarded, but the Postal Service will forward the notification letters if a new address is on file.

This will be the first year of the new “Top 2” style primary election, in which the top two finishers in contested partisan elections, regardless of party affiliation, will advance to the general election.

“There has been a lot of interest in the Top 2 primary this year, and there are a lot of instructions in the envelope and on the ballot this year,” Schaller said.

More information about how the Top 2 primary system will work is available at www.secstate.wa.gov/elections/Top2Primary.aspx

Full information about this year’s election, the voters guide and voter registration is available at www.sanjuanco.com/elections/default.aspx

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