Politics & Government

It’s time to finish (or start) marking your ballot

More than 450,000 Pierce County residents received ballots for the general election this year, and time is winding down for voters to mark and return them.

You can submit your ballot several ways: Add a stamp and mail it by Election Day, Tuesday, deposit it without a stamp in a drop box by Tuesday’s 8 p.m. deadline, or vote in person at any of several vote centers throughout Pierce County from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday.

For a list of the 30 drop boxes and four voting centers, visit the Pierce County website at co.pierce.wa.us.

Voters will decide on City Council races all over the South Sound, plus pick members of the once-a-decade Charter Review Commission, the Port of Tacoma Commission, school boards and other local bodies. Puyallup voters will act on a bond that would build or rebuild several schools.

Generating much of the attention this year are several citizen-driven ballot measures: a county-wide referendum on a proposed government headquarters, a Fircrest measure allowing regulated sales of alcohol by the glass, and an array of measures in Tacoma that would increase the minimum wage, change the form of government and raise taxes to fix roads.

Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson has said those citizen petition efforts helped attract a record number of registered voters this year. She predicts a 42 percent turnout, comparable to the general election two years ago.

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