By Cindy Hartman Welcome to the 2014 election season. Pierce County is one of the few counties in Washington state that continues to mail voters' pamphlets to every household. We believe the pamphlet gives you important information GÇô the written statement of each candidate. The purpose of the primary election is to determine which candidates appear on the general election ballot in November. In contested races, your votes send the top two vote-getters in each office to the general election. Many important offices are on this year's ballot, including congressional offices, state senators and representatives, county offices, judicial races, and some of you will vote on a local levy or bond.
Video voters guide
Have you ever looked over your ballot and wondered, "Who are these people?GÇ¥ Do you wish you could meet each candidate before casting your vote? We found a way to bring the candidate to you, wherever you are. The Pierce County auditor's office partnered with Pierce County Television (PCTV) to pilot a new video voters' guide for county offices (auditor, prosecuting attorney and County Council). Participation was optional, and candidates paid a videotaping fee. Look for the QR code at the bottom of the candidate's statement. Simply scan the code with your smartphone, and a short YouTube video will run, for a face-to-face with the candidate.
Ballot drop boxes
We added two new ballot drop boxes this year, one in Orting and one in Graham. We now have 29 boxes across the county. For locations, see pages 4 and 5 of the voters pamphlet or find the closest location by downloading the Pierce County MyVote app. Boxes are open 24/7, beginning 18 days before an election. Voters clearly appreciate them, as nearly half of all ballots are deposited in a drop box. It's never been easier or more convenient to return your ballot. The next step is up to you. I encourage you to vote in this election. We're here to assist you. If you have questions, just give us a call at 253-798-8683.
Cindy Hartman is Pierce County's chief deputy auditor. She wrote this article for the county's official local voters pamphlet.