Votes coming in; voter registration still open

10:40 am October 26th, 2012

Nearly 40,000 of Pierce County’s voters have already cast their ballots in the general election, county election officials said Friday.

The county has approximately 440,000 registered voters. Through Thursday, roughly the first week they could vote, more than 39,000 of them had returned their ballots by mail or at official drop boxes for collection by election workers.

County Auditor Julie Anderson, who ovesees the county elections department, has predicted a voter turnout of 80 percent by the time voting ends Nov. 6. Ballots were mailed to voters Oct. 19.

More potential voters may get involved. Oct. 29 is the last day under state law that new voters can register and be eligible for this election. To accomodate them, the elections department will be open extended hours this Saturday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and next Monday (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) for new registrations. A driveup booth will be available in addition to in-office registering at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St.  in Tacoma.

The “drive-through” registration “will be a first for Pierce County,” Anderson said. “We are expecting as many as 2,000 voters to register over these two days. I hope that citizens who aren’t currently registered will take advantage of this last chance to participate in a very important election.”

One Response to Votes coming in; voter registration still open

  1. Geneal Palmer Reply

    October 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    The last minute blitz of campaigning sometimes make it really easy to make a decision. I have heard Mr. Lachney speak, found him articulate and informative, and felt that he would probably serve well as a senator. I am very glad I did not rush out and mail my ballot. The very negative twisted message referring to Senator Becker proposing the 4 day school hit my mailbox today. At the time of the proposal I contacted the local school superintendent and expressed my opinion as did other citizens. Sen. Becker responded to her consituents (the schoolboard and superintendent). The issue died an appropriate death in the legislative process and is over and done with now. I do not want someone that willing to twist the facts to represent me. I do want a senator who is willing to listen to consituents. I’ll hold on to my ballot a little longer to see who else puts up signs or send flyers to make my decisions easier.

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