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Absentee ballots rolling in

PORT ORCHARD -— Local voter participation rose to an impressive level this weekend, as Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn reported receiving more than 2,000 completed ballots five days after they were mailed to voters.

Flynn expects this year’s vote totals will exceed that in the past, in both voter totals and percentage of the general population.

Auditors must follow a strict schedule. As ballots come in they separate them from the privacy envelope and contact voters who have not signed their ballots.

Monday they can sort the votes for tabulation. And on the morning of Election Day they will begin the tabulation process.

Results are not released until after the polls close at 8 p.m.

Director of elections Dolores Gilmore said the first announced results would include a majority of the absentee numbers.

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