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Don’t like mail? Drop off your ballot

Voters in Oak Harbor and Coupeville will have a few options for getting their ballots in for the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 21.

For those who are having trouble deciding between the candidates, the latest a person can drop off a ballot is 8 p.m. at either the Oak Harbor School Administration Building at 350 S. Oak Harbor Street or at the Island County Auditor’s Office, 1 NE 7th Street in Coupeville.

The primary is a mail-in election, but the auditor’s office set up the drop-off site in Oak Harbor for just the one day — from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For those who want to go the mail route, ballots must be postmarked no later than Aug. 21.

At the Oak Harbor Post Office, customer service representative Paula Huss said the latest a voter should bring a ballot to the post office, to be safe, is 4 p.m. The stamped ballots can either be put in the post office’s street-side box on Barrington Drive or brought inside.

The mail drop-off boxes around the city, she said, are picked up by about 1 p.m.

At the Coupeville Post Office, the deadline is 4:15 p.m.

Oak Harbor voters have three races to consider. Paul Brewer, Sue Karahalios and Jim Slowik are running for mayor. Clairann Haney, Bob Morrison and Jim Palmer are running for council position 1. Bill Burnett, Frank Pulu and David Sherman are running for Oak Harbor School Board position 2.

In Coupeville, voters have one race to consider. Bob Clay, Sue Cunningham and Gary Piazzon are running for council position 2.

At the Auditor’s Office, Voter Registration Deputy Michele Reagan said the office has received roughly 5,000 ballots as of Friday morning. They sent out about 17,500.

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