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Never too late to vote: Ballots for Tuesday’s election will be available at all drop-off sites

By Thursday evening, almost 38 percent of Central Kitsap’s 34,319 registered voters had returned their ballots to the county elections office. Even for ballot-less Kitsap residents, however, it is not too late to cast a vote in the Feb. 7 special election on renewal levies for the Central Kitsap, Bremerton, North Kitsap and North Mason school districts.

Countywide, 29,645 ballots were returned as of Thursday, about 36 percent of the 81,867 registered voters.

Those who have not yet received their ballots need to call the county’s elections office right away, said Dolores Gilmore, county elections manager.

Replacement ballots are available for those who come in during business hours to the elections office at the Givens Community Center in Port Orchard. Otherwise, voters can fill out provisional ballots at any of the drop-off locations between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Call the elections office at (360) 337-7128 if you need replacement ballot information. If a ballot was previously mailed, it will be cancelled in order to allow for only one returned ballot to be counted.

The first unofficial results will be posted on the county auditor’s Web site at 8:15 p.m. on election night, Gilmore said, and will be updated periodically thereafter.

To obtain those numbers, visit www.kitsapgov.com.

This special election is an all-mail election with a postmark deadline of Tuesday, Feb. 7. However, for those who are not mailing their ballots back, drop- off locations are available Tuesday at: Silverdale Community Center, Coho Room, 9729 Silverdale Way Northwest, Silverdale; Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 Northeast Liberty Road, Poulsbo; and the Sylvan Library meeting room, 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton.

Open on Monday and Tuesday for ballot drop-offs are the Kitsap County Courthouse (614 Division Street in Port Orchard) and the elections division at the Givens Community Center (1026 Sidney Ave., Suite 175 in Port Orchard). The Bainbridge Island drop-off will not be available for Tuesday’s election.

More information is available at www.kitsapgov.com or by calling the elections and voter registration office at (360) 337-7128.

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