The voter registration deadline is coming up if you want to help decide on Tumwater’s fireworks ban.
Tumwater voters will decide whether to undo the city’s fireworks ban, set to go into effect later this year, with an April 24 special election. It is the only measure on the ballot.
The last day to register to vote online or by mail or to update an existing voter registration is Monday. The last day to register to vote if not currently registered in Washington is April 16; that must be done in person.
In 2016, the Tumwater City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale, possession and discharge of consumer fireworks at all times within city limits. That followed an advisory vote to ban fireworks that voters narrowly passed earlier that year.
An initiative petition by a group called Citizens for Legal Fireworks would repeal the ban. Sales would be allowed from June 28 to July 4. The City Council could restrict but not eliminate the hours for fireworks use in years with extreme fire danger.
Residents can register to vote or update their registration in person or by mail at the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building 1, Room 118, Olympia, WA 98502. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Residents also can register by calling 360-786-5408 or online at myvote.wa.gov.