Ballot returns for Tuesday election have been slow thus far in Chelan, Douglas counties

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Ballots for the Nov. 2 General Election have been slow to come in but Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore said he expects things to pick up in the next few days, thanks in large part to the contentious races for the Wenatchee School Board.

Moore said ballots that were gathered from drop boxes Wednesday morning should push the county’s current returns to 16 percent to 18 percent.

“I anticipate 50 percent, and I think that’s going to be the result of this excitement involved with the Wenatchee School Board issues,” Moore said.

In addition to elections in Wenatchee, communities throughout Chelan also will be voting on school boards, city council races, fire district seats and more.

Meanwhile, Douglas County Auditor Thad Duvall said only about 16 percent of the ballots in that county had been returned by Tuesday night. The last off-year election saw a 46 percent return in Douglas County.

“It’s going to take a real push by the voters to get out and vote in this last week to reach that same 46 to 47 percent turnout,” Duvall said.

Both county auditors are recommending voters use drop boxes, at this point. Mailing ballots is still an option but the counting those ballots could be delayed as they trickle in.