MOUNT VERNON — The Skagit County Elections Department was busy Monday afternoon as residents came in at a steady clip to register to vote.

Monday was the last day for those not registered to vote in Washington to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

Ballots for the election were mailed Oct. 17.

Matthew Meñez, who turned 18 in June, registered and voted Monday.

The Mount Vernon High School student said it’s essential to have a voice.

“Everyone has to vote,” he said.

Others came in to change their registration, having recently moved to the county.

Skagit County Auditor Jeanne Youngquist said ballot returns have been impressive. She said 2,100 ballots were collected from boxes Friday and 3,000 were collected Monday.

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