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More voters added to Freeland district roll

Roughly 200 residents in the Freeland Water and Sewer District have been added to the voter rolls.

Island County’s election office has updated its information on who is eligible to vote within the district’s boundaries following complaints from Freeland voters who discovered many of their neighbors were missing from the database of district voters.

Michele Reagan, deputy auditor for county elections, said the county received a new map of the Freeland Water and Sewer District from district officials. The county’s previous map of the sewer district was from 1981.

“We got the updated information from the district and made sure our records were updated,” Reagan said.

Reagan said the information was received “with plenty of time to spare” to make sure that ballots were properly coded and would go to the right voters before they were mailed.

Military ballots have been sent out for November’s General Election, and other ballots are expected to be mailed to county residents the week of Oct. 17. Election workers will begin assembling ballots for in-county voters Monday, Oct. 3.

There are approximately 620 voters in the Freeland sewer district, and voters will decide next month whether to retain incumbent sewer commissioners Jim Short and Nolen “Rocky” Knickerbocker or elect Lou Malzone and Marilynn Abrahamson instead.

People who have been added as eligible to vote in the sewer commissioner races have been sent a new voter registration card that reflects the change, Reagan said.

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