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Monday is deadline for new voters to register for November election

Want to vote in November but haven’t cast a ballot before? The Secretary of State’s Office is reminding citizens that the deadline for registering is approaching.

Monday, Oct. 10, is the last day to register to vote in this year’s general election.

Citizens can register and update their voter registration information online; Washington is one of eight states that allows voter registration and registration updates via the Internet. People can click www.myvote.wa.gov to register online.

“If you haven’t registered to vote or if you need to update your registration, you need to do it soon,” said Secretary of State Sam Reed, Washington’s chief elections officer.

“It’s easy, fast and convenient. If your voting information is outdated, you have until the 10th to correct it with your county elections office so you can vote in this important election.”

Oct. 31 is the in-person registration deadline at the county elections office for brand-new Washington registrations. Island County’s election office is located at 400 N. Main St., Coupeville.

The November election includes contested races for two Langley City Council seats, a position on the board for the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District, and two board seats for the Freeland Water and Sewer District.

The ballot also features three statewide initiatives (I-1125, transportation tolls and funding; I-1163, home healthcare workers; and I-1183, privatizing liquor sales) and two state constitutional amendments (Senate Joint Resolution 8205, voting in presidential elections; and SJR 8206, dealing with the budget stabilization account).

Ballots will be mailed by Oct. 21 and must be postmarked or returned by Nov. 8.

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