According to county officials, 87,000 ballots were either dropped at a drop box or returned through the mail on Election Day, matching the Election Day returns in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Snohomish County Elections will continue to process and count ballots over the weekend, releasing results at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, and on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. It’s anticipated about 25,000 to 30,000 ballots will be added with each count. Election results are available at www.snoco.org/elections.
According to a county announcement, ballot counting is a technology-supported but labor-intensive process. When a ballot envelope is returned, an elections employee must match the signature on the ballot envelope against the signature maintained for the voter in the statewide voter registration system. Only once the signature has been verified do elections staff remove the ballots from their envelopes and scan them on counting equipment.
Late arriving, on-time ballots can be received until Nov. 25, the day before results are certified as final. As a result, counting will continue weekdays after Monday, Nov. 11 whenever there are more than 500 ballots to count.
Friday’s election returns showed no major changes in local races, with Mountlake Terrace City Council candidate Erin Murray holding on to her lead over challenger Crystal Gamon. As of Friday, Nov. 8’s returns, Murray has 2,564 votes (68%) to 1,185 votes for Gamon. The other three council candidates on the ballots — Laura Sonmore, Bryan Wahl and Steve Woodard — are running unopposed.