Ballots mailed for primary election

The Kitsap County Auditor’s Office has mailed out ballots for the Aug. 21 primary election, but only about 25 percent of local voters will be receiving one, given how few local jurisdictions have matters to be decided.

Elections Supervisor Dolores Gilmore said 32,046 ballots were sent to voters in Port Orchard, along with parts of South Kitsap, Bremerton and Bainbridge Island.

All ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 21 or dropped off at a local polling place by 8 p.m. on that date.

The races include mayor and city council in Port Orchard and city council contests in two Bainbridge Island wards, Bremerton city council, annexation of West Hills Island and Port of Bremerton’s District 2 commissioner.

Additionally, voters with disabilities or those who are not comfortable voting-by-mail can visit the county administration building in Port Orchard and vote electronically. The machine is located in the auditor’s office, and will be in the building’s lobby on the day of the primary.

Gilmore said the county has streamlined the vote-by-mail process, and voter turnout is larger for an election such as this than an election where voters would be required to visit a polling place.

Those who feel they should have received a ballot and have not should call (360) 337-7128.

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