Ballots for the August 4, 2015 Primary Election have been mailed to registered voters. Most people should have already received their ballots or they will be in your mailbox in the next couple of days. There are three races and two measures on the ballot and you may not be getting a ballot as this election is only for those in the City of Shelton, Shelton School District, Trails End Water District, Mason County Fire District 4, and Mason County Fire District 5 (Central Mason Fire & EMS).
The top two candidates will then face off in the General Election in November.
In Central Mason Fire & EMS (Mason County Fire District 5), voters will be deciding on a replacement six-year Emergency Medical Services Levy not to exceed 50 cents per thousand of assessed property value.
Ballots need to be returned to the Mason County Auditor’s Office no later the 8 PM August 4th or have a postmark of August 4th.
Ballot drop boxes are located at the Mason County Offices, Building 1, 411 N. Fifth Street in Shelton; John L Scott Building, 23910 NE State Route 3 in Belfair; and the Port of Allyn, 18560 E State Route 3 in Allyn.
There are also two drive-thru ballot drop boxes: at the Timberland Regional Library, 710 W. Alder in Shelton and at Fire District 4 Station in the Kamilche area, 3660 SE Old Olympic Highway.
Election officials are also urging voters not to write in the names of fictional characters on the primary election ballot.
“Voters who don’t wish to vote on any candidate in a race should simply leave it blank—all other votes will count,” said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. “Processing fictitious ballot write-ins costs taxpayers’ money. If you complete the oval, there is no need to write in their name.”