How to make sure your ballot counts on Election Day

How to make sure your ballot counts on Election Day
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Election Day is near and local county auditors want to make sure you get your ballot in the right way.

If you plan on dropping it off, there’s a list of drop-box locations on the envelope of your ballot. You have to get it in the box by 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

“Most of the boxes — when you put them in there, they deliver them straight to us,” said Matt Beaton, Franklin County Auditor. “If you use USPS, we recommend that you have the envelope hand canceled because it needs the postmark of tomorrow it to be eligible.”

If you’re mailing it, the postmark date needs to be done by Tuesday for it to count.

“The ballots do go up to Spokane and if your mail — your letter carrier picks yours up earlier in the day and doesn’t get it until the next day or whatever it is, when it’s down to today and tomorrow, we really recommend using those different — those convenient locations around the county,” Beaton said.

New this year is same-day registration, making it easier for potential voters to register. There are multiple requirements including

Being a U.S. citizen
Resident of Washington state
Have lived at the address you’re registering at for at least 30 days
Be 18 or older
Not disqualified from voting due to court order or under DOC supervision.

As of Nov. 1, Franklin County has a 13.66% voter turnout based on the ballots returned.

Beaton encourages everyone to come out and vote and have their voices heard.

For more information, visit your county auditor’s website.

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