Voter registration deadline nears

HUNTER T. GEORGE; The News Tribune


Pierce County, WA - Time is running out to register to vote in the Sept. 14 primary, which will choose nominees for high-profile races such as U.S. Senate and governor, and even choose overall winners in some local races.

It's too late to register by mail. But eligible voters can register in person at county elections offices until Aug. 30.

The Pierce County auditor's office is in the county Public Services Building (known as the "annex"), 2401 S. 35th St., Room 200, Tacoma. In King County, the elections division is located in the King County Administration Building, 500 4th Ave., Seattle. In Thurston County, the county auditor is located at 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia.

To register, a voter must be a U.S. citizen, a legal resident of Washington and be at least 18 years old by election day.

County elections officials say the pace is exceeding voter registration four years ago, when Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore were battling for the White House.

Pierce County has 370,667 registered voters, according to county Auditor Pat McCarthy's office.

In 2000, there were 13,540 new registrants between Feb. 11 and Aug. 11.

This year, 26,282 people registered during the same period.

The September primary features contested races for governor, state Supreme Court, attorney general, state schools superintendent, the state House, local Superior Court judgeships and a Pierce County Council seat, among others.

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Voter registration at a glance

Pierce County (as of this month):

Absentee voters: 256,721 (69 percent)

Poll voters: 113,946

Total: 370,667

Total in November 2000: 360,463

Statewide (November 2000): 3.33 million

Statewide (November 2003): 3.21 million

SOURCE: Pierce County auditor and the Washington Secretary of State's Office



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