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Some incorporation ballots might have been mailed to businesses

"Election day hasn't yet passed, but the county auditor has already found 11 questionable addresses in the Silverdale incorporation mail-in ballot issue.The 11 potential bad ballots named the address of a privately-run mailing house on Bucklin Hill Road as their home address on their voter registration. Voters are required to put their actual home address on their registration, even if they have a separate mailing address.The 11 people with the mailboxes have been contacted by the auditor.This is the second incorporation election for Silverdale. The last, on Nov. 2, did not count because the auditor found 52 questionable ballots, substantially more than the five-vote margin of the issue's failure.Most of the ballots in the do-over incorporation election are due to be counted Tuesday, Feb. 1. They were mailed out earlier this month.In the last couple weeks, rumors have also been flying that some business owners in Old Town have been receiving ballots - even though they aren't Silverdale residents.When one registers to vote, there's a space where they are supposed to supply where they live. People are under oath when they provide that information,said Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn.To fudge your address is a felony.Even so, it is not unheard of for business people to register to vote from their workplace - even if it is illegal. Sometimes, some business people have a desire to be registered to vote where they work, so they provide their business address, Flynn said. That is really not allowed under the law.Business people who list their business addresses justify doing so with a number of explanations: they spend most of their time at the office. They live more at their workplace then at home.Often, they answer that they didn't know it was wrong. That's fair, Flynn said. But if they willingly break the law, then there's a problem.If they don't reside at that location on their voter registration, Flynn said, then their vote can be challenged.Flynn relies on the public to formally challenge questionable ballots.The system relies a great deal on citizens providing correct and truthful information when they register to vote, Flynn said. The auditor's office does not employ people to check up on the validity of voter registration forms.I would advise anyone who is improperly registered not to return a ballot in the Silverdale election, Flynn said.Flynn urged anyone with questions about a ballot to report it as soon as possible. Once we open the ballots, they become anonymous. ... Time is of the essence here for all parties, Flynn said."

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