Everything seems to be an historic moment during COVID-19, and the first-ever mail-in ballots began arriving at City Hall this week to be counted towards the Sept. 1 Primary Election.
City Clerk Sergio Cornelio said this week that they have received the first batch of mail-in ballots for the Sept. 1 Primary, and he expected many more to come in later this week. Last week, he said they had received more than 2,000 requests for mail-in ballots from the public – a larger number than expected for an election the day after Labor Day.
“We’ve started to see them trickle in,” he said. “I’m sure this week and next week will be prime time for them to be returned to us.”
The Secretary of State sent out applications for mail-in voting to all registered voters in mid-July. Those applications had to be filled out and sent back to the Everett City Clerk’s Office and the Everett Election Commission. Then, the Commission sent out the requested ballots and a postage paid envelope to voters. Now, voters are making their decisions at home, around the kitchen table or in the living room rather than at the traditional polls.
A typical September Primary has in recent years drawn a turnout of about 5,500 people.
Most of the first mail-in ballots were sent to voters from Everett City Hall on Aug. 5 and 6.