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The right to vote is one we fought to have; exercise it on Tuesday | In Our Opinion

This coming Tuesday, residents of Whidbey Island have an opportunity to be a part of the Democratic process.

Candidates have stepped forward to run for various races in all levels of government including Congress, state House of Representatives and Island County government.

The primary election serves to narrow voters’ options to two candidates per race with the top two going forward to November’s general election.

On a local level, voters will select their top candidates for county auditor, treasurer and commissioner. Each of those races have more than two candidates vying for spots in the November General Election.

Voting at election time is a surefire way to express whether you are dissatisfied with how an elected official has performed his or her duties or don’t like how an agency is being run.

Voting is a hard-fought right, and exercising that right is vital to the American form of government.

Primary election ballots are due by 8 p.m. Tuesday and can be submitted in several ways, including mail or by drop box.

There are drop-off boxes in the following locations:

  • Island County Elections Office – 400 N. Main St., Coupeville
  • Oak Harbor City Hall – 865 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor
  • Trinity Lutheran Church – 18341 SR 525, Freeland
  • Ken’s Corner Red Apple Grocery - 4141 SR 525, Clinton
  • Camano Annex – 121 N. East Camano Drive, Camano Island
    Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than election day.

At election time, the staff of the Whidbey News-Times wants readers to have the most up-to-date returns.

For that reason, we are extending our front page deadline to get election night results in next Wednesday’s edition.

As a result, some home subscribers may experience a bit of delay in delivery.

But don’t worry; subscribers can read the newspaper online on our website at www.whidbeynewstimes.com

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