County Gives Notice of April Election

Notice is hereby given that a Special Election shall be held on the April 17, 2012. In accordance with R.C.W. 29.07.160 the registration deadline for a person who is not registered to vote in the state of Washington and for any person already registered to vote in Washington State and wishes to update or transfer his or her registration on-line or by mail will be at the close of business on March 19, 2012 in order to vote. Law does permit a person to register to vote between 29 and eight days before an election if that person comes in person to the Auditor’s Office to register and is not currently registered in the State of Washington. The deadline for registering through this process is April 9, 2012.

A registered voter that fails to transfer his or her residential address by this deadline may vote according to his or her previous registration address. This deadline applies only to the election named above and during the period said registration books are closed for said election. The registration books will be open again on April 18, 2012 for registration of voters for future elections.

The Special Election shall be held entirely by mail and your ballot will be mailed approximately 18 days prior to the election. Voted ballots will require postage on the return envelope. If you do not receive your ballot contact the Stevens County Election Department by telephone at: (509)-684-7514, toll free: 1-866-307-9060, apply in person or by mail at 215 S. Oak St, Rm. 106, Colville, WA; or by email at elections@co.stevens.wa.us. Replacement ballots for this election may be issued up to Election Day and are available online on our website : www.votestevenscounty.com by selecting the MY VOTE option or by contacting the elections department.

Accessible Voting Units will be available to the public 20 days prior to the Special Election in the Stevens County Election Department for voters with disabilities or who would prefer to not vote a paper ballot. Office hours are Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Stevens County Canvassing board or its duly authorized representatives will begin processing ballots for the Special Election at 9 a.m. on April 9. 2012 and will continue each day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. as necessary until 15 days following the election when the Auditor will convene the Canvass Board on April 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Stevens County Election Processing Center, 425 N. Hwy, Colville, WA to complete the canvass and certify the results. Meetings of the Canvassing Board are open public meetings under Chapter RCW 42.30.

There will be two propositions on the April Special Election ballot. Loon Lake School District No. 183 is asking for a Replacement Maintenance and Operation Levy at 63 cents per $1,000 assessed property value. Deer Park School District No. 414-200-61 is asking for a Maintenance and Operation Replacement Levy for $2.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value.