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Some Lyman voters’ ballots delayed

February 7, 2018 GMT

LYMAN — After a delay, Lyman residents with post office boxes should now have received their ballots for the Feb. 13 special election.

Ballots to voters in the Anacortes, Conway and Sedro-Woolley school districts were sent Jan. 23 from the Skagit County Auditor’s Office to the Seattle post office, county elections supervisor David Cunningham said.

While it appears most voters in the county received their ballots toward the end of January, about 200 ballots that were supposed to be delivered to the Lyman post office did not arrive until Monday, Cunningham said.

The Sedro-Woolley School District, which includes Lyman, is asking voters to approve a four-year $51.38 million replacement Educational Programs and Operations levy as well as a $79.5 million bond issuance proposal.

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Voters in Sedro-Woolley received their ballots by mail on Jan. 25, Cunningham said.

“We have no idea what happened,” he said. “All our ballots were delivered to the main Seattle post office at the same time, so why this batch had something (unusual) we don’t know.”

The Auditor’s Office was alerted to the problem Monday morning by a representative of the Sedro-Woolley School District, Cunningham said.

The shipment was traced, and it was determined the ballots were scheduled to have arrived at the Lyman post office Sunday.

The ballots should be in boxes now, Cunningham said.

He said the Auditor’s Office and the Sedro-Woolley postmaster are attempting to identify the cause of the delay.

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