Elections

A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Presidential primary ballots en route to Snohomish County voters

Voters must indicate a party preference to vote for a candidate. Ballots are due March 12.

 

A person turns in a ballot on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024 outside the Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

2024 February special election results for Snohomish County

Returns ballot measures updated daily as mail-in ballots are counted.

 

A classroom with folding walls inside College Place Middle School in Lynnwood, Washington, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2023. Noise transfers easily between rooms. If approved, a capital bond measure on the February ballot would allow the school district to rebuild both College Place Elementary and Middle. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

School measures rejected in Arlington, Lakewood, Sultan; pass elsewhere

Edmonds and Stanwood-Camano voters favored levies for schools Tuesday. Arlington passed two levies, but rejected funding for a new middle school.

 

A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

11 tax measures on Snohomish County’s special election ballot

Tuesday is the deadline to vote on school levies in the Arlington, Edmonds, Lakewood, Sultan and Stanwood-Camano districts.

A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
The music room inside College Place Middle School in Lynnwood, Washington, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2023. If approved, a capital bond measure on the February ballot would allow the school district to rebuild both College Place Elementary and Middle. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Edmonds School District asks voters for $700M for new schools, upgrades

For the seventh time in a decade, the district is asking voters to approve bonds and levies for upgrades.

The music room inside College Place Middle School in Lynnwood, Washington, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2023. If approved, a capital bond measure on the February ballot would allow the school district to rebuild both College Place Elementary and Middle. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Yvonne Gallardo-Van Ornam, left, and Clyde Shaver

Arlington council member to run for state rep against Shavers

Yvonne Gallardo-Van Ornam called it a “little embarrassing” to have Oak Harbor Rep. Clyde Shavers “representing veterans.”

Yvonne Gallardo-Van Ornam, left, and Clyde Shaver
The town post office in Index, Washington on Wedesday, Nov. 29, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Index, smallest town in Snohomish County, is No. 1 in voter turnout

Index has beaten the Snohomish County ballot return rate in each of the last 10 years. Snohomish County leaders have a few theories as to why.

The town post office in Index, Washington on Wedesday, Nov. 29, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Edmond’s newly elected mayor Mike Rosen on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mayor-elect Rosen wants to ‘make Edmonds politics boring again’

Mike Rosen handily defeated incumbent Mayor Mike Nelson. He talked with The Herald about how he wants to gather the “full input” of residents.

Edmond’s newly elected mayor Mike Rosen on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The county canvassing board certifies election results at the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office in Everett, Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)

General election results stamped official by canvassing board

In Snohomish County, one hand recount will take place. Officials said ballot challenges were down this year.

The county canvassing board certifies election results at the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office in Everett, Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)
A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

County, state seek to improve on paltry turnout in local elections

How do you build on a 36% turnout? State legislators are weighing a longer ballot in even-numbered years, when returns can top 85%.

A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Alvaro Guillen, executive director of Connect Casino Road, at the Snohomish County Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish County funds Spanish voters’ pamphlets, but not ballots — yet

The county could become the second in the state to provide Spanish-language ballots without being required to.

Alvaro Guillen, executive director of Connect Casino Road, at the Snohomish County Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Superior Court Judge Miguel M. Duran speaks with the prosecution during the first day of the trial of Shayne Baker on Monday, April 24, 2023, at Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lawyers, judges poured in cash in Snohomish County judicial races

At least 46 attorneys contributed to the judges running for Superior Court, according to a Daily Herald review.

Superior Court Judge Miguel M. Duran speaks with the prosecution during the first day of the trial of Shayne Baker on Monday, April 24, 2023, at Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Ray Stephanson, former Everett mayor, looks over the city during a photo of 2015 in Everett, Washington. Stephanson sees  Utah’s “housing first” model – dealing with homelessness first before tackling related issues – is one Everett and Snohomish County should adopt. (Andy Bronson/ The Herald)

On Hat Island, longtime Everett mayor finds way back in public office

Ray Stephanson won his Hat Island fire commissioner seat by a landslide, 52-3. He’s also vice-president of the community association.

Ray Stephanson, former Everett mayor, looks over the city during a photo of 2015 in Everett, Washington. Stephanson sees  Utah’s “housing first” model – dealing with homelessness first before tackling related issues – is one Everett and Snohomish County should adopt. (Andy Bronson/ The Herald)
Susanna Johnson delivers preliminary election results stating she is in the lead for the Snohomish County Sheriff 2023 election at 230 Ave B. in Snohomish, Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Snohomish County’s new sheriff seeks a reset for her department

Susanna Johnson ousted incumbent Adam Fortney to become the first woman to lead the sheriff’s office. She wants to keep Fortney on staff.

Susanna Johnson delivers preliminary election results stating she is in the lead for the Snohomish County Sheriff 2023 election at 230 Ave B. in Snohomish, Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Susanna Johnson delivers preliminary election results stating she is in the lead for the Snohomish County Sheriff 2023 election at 230 Ave B. in Snohomish, Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Johnson declares victory in sheriff’s race over incumbent Fortney

Susanna Johnson’s lead held at 5,385 votes over Adam Fortney, in a heated race where the campaigns raised over $525,000.

Susanna Johnson delivers preliminary election results stating she is in the lead for the Snohomish County Sheriff 2023 election at 230 Ave B. in Snohomish, Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Veteran election worker Tien Mai moves sealed ballots from a sorting machine while working at the Snohomish County Auditor’s office on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

2023 November general election results for Snohomish County

Returns for contested races and ballot measures, updated daily as mail-in ballots are counted.

Veteran election worker Tien Mai moves sealed ballots from a sorting machine while working at the Snohomish County Auditor’s office on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Suspicious mail sent to Snohomish County elections office

The auditor’s office, which was still counting votes, said the mail matched the description of envelopes received by other counties.

A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Two election workers seal up boxes of ballots after closing the county courthouse ballot box at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

54 votes separate Mill Creek race; some gaps widen in new ballot count

The outcome of many major races remained largely unchanged with updated election results Wednesday in Snohomish County.

Two election workers seal up boxes of ballots after closing the county courthouse ballot box at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, in downtown Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Susanna Johnson speaks to the media and community at 230 Ave B. in Snohomish, Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Johnson ‘cautiously optimistic’ with lead for Snohomish County sheriff

Incumbent Adam Fortney trailed challenger Susanna Johnson in initial tallies Tuesday. The gap slightly narrowed Wednesday.

Susanna Johnson speaks to the media and community at 230 Ave B. in Snohomish, Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Susanna Johnson delivers preliminary election results stating she is in the lead for the Snohomish County Sheriff 2023 election at 230 Ave B. in Snohomish, Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

5 big takeaways from election night in Snohomish County

Edmonds and Arlington voters chose change. In Everett, not so much. And Democrats were cruising at the county level, with one exception.

Susanna Johnson delivers preliminary election results stating she is in the lead for the Snohomish County Sheriff 2023 election at 230 Ave B. in Snohomish, Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)