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The March 12 Presidential Primary is underway, County Auditor says

EVERETT—On February 22, Snohomish County Elections will mail ballots for the March 12 Presidential Primary to 507,000 registered voters. The Presidential Primary is an opportunity for voters to help the major political parties select presidential nominees for the November General Election.   

Ballots for the Presidential Primary were mailed to military and overseas voters on January 26 and to out-of-state and rural voters on February 16. The voters’ pamphlet was mailed last week to every household.  Voters are encouraged to return their completed ballots as soon as practical.  

The Presidential Primary is a nominating process for the political parties to determine their candidates for the November General Election ballot.  To participate in the Presidential Primary, state law and political party rules require you to declare a political party preference at the time of voting and to vote for a candidate of your declared party. 

As required by state law, the party preference you choose will be public information for 60 days. Your vote choices are always secret and cannot be tied to you. The political party you choose in the March 12 Presidential Primary does not limit how you vote in the November General Election or any future primary or election. 

Voters will see candidates on their ballot who may no longer be actively campaigning for President. The state political parties were required to identify their list of candidates by January 9 to allow time for the State and counties to print voters’ pamphlets and ballots.  View the online voters’ pamphlet at www.votewa.gov to see if a candidate has suspended their campaign. 

Voters have until Monday, March 4, to register or update their existing registration online or by mail. In-person registration and ballots are available until 8 p.m. on Election Night, Tuesday, March 12, at the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office or designated accessible voting sites during specific hours.  

March 12 Presidential Primary
2024 Presidential Republican Primary candidates are: (Top row) The 45th President of the United States President Donald J Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. (Bottom row) 2024 Presidential Democratic Primary candidates: United States President Joe Biden, author and political activist Marianne Williamson, and Representative Dean Phillips (MN-03).

For the Presidential Primary, 35 official ballot drop boxes are open for voters to conveniently return their voted ballots 24 hours a day until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, March 12. A complete list of ballot drop box locations can be found in the inserts accompanying the ballot and on the county elections website:  https://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/5726/Find-a-Ballot-Drop-Box

Additionally, voters can return their ballots postage-free by mail. Ballots must be postmarked by March 12. To ensure timely delivery, voters are advised to check the last collection time on the USPS postal box.  

For voters with disabilities, Snohomish County Elections will have accessible voting equipment available at several locations: the Snohomish County campus (3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett, WA), in south county at Homage Senior Services (5026 196th St SW, Lynnwood), in north county at the Medallion Inn & Suites (16710 Smokey Pt Blvd), and in east county at the Evergreen Fairgrounds, (14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe, WA). Dates and hours of service are listed on the insert that accompanies the ballot and at www.snoco.org/elections

If you are registered to vote and do not receive a ballot by February 28, call Snohomish County Elections at 425-388-3444.   

For more answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Presidential Primary, consult the State Elections’ FAQs: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/voters/helpful-information/presidential-primary-faq  

For more information, visit our website at www.snoco.org/elections ; follow @snoco_auditor on Facebook, Instagram, and X; or email elections@snoco.org.  


ARTICLE UPDATED: Ballots will be mailed on February 22 and not on February 21 as originally posted. [8:31 a.m., 2/22/2024]

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