Have you voted? Ballots are due Aug. 6

Jul 24th, 2019 | By | Category: News

The clock’s ticking on when voters can cast their ballots in the primary election.

Aug. 6 is the date when ballots must be deposited in official dropboxes or postmarked for mailing. Voters who haven’t received a ballot or have election questions can contact Pierce County election officials at 253-798-8683 or pcelections@co.pierce.wa.us and King County election officials at 206-296-8683 and elections@kingcountywa.gov.

Depending on where they live, here’s what voters in the two counties are deciding:

• In Pierce County, there are primary election races for city councils (including Tacoma, Puyallup, Lakewood, Bonney Lake, Milton, Pacific, DuPont and Carbonado. Though most of Auburn is in King County, there are some Pierce precincts for that city’s council, as well); school boards (Puyallup, Tacoma, Orting and Yelm); fire district commissioners (West Pierce Fire and Rescue, Key Peninsula Fire, and Graham Fire and Rescue); Peninsula Metropolitan Park District commissioner, and Port of Tacoma commissioner.

• In King County, the contests are for the County Council; Port of Seattle commissioner; city councils in Auburn, Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Normandy Park, Seattle, Bellevue, Bothell, Mercer Island, Pacific, North Bend, Renton, Snoqualmie and Shoreline; school board (Seattle, Highline, Mercer Island, Renton, Lake Washington, Shoreline and Issaquah), Enumclaw fire commissioner, and a countywide levy for parks and recreation.

Under new state laws aimed at increasing voter accessibility, all voters will receive pre-paid ballot-return envelopes, and new voters have until Aug. 6 (before 8 p.m.) to register to vote in the primary.