Special election ballots coming soon; changes made in Pierce County

Watch your mail for your Feb. 13 special election ballot. If you’re a Pierce County voter, you may notice a new feature on yours.

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 9:30am
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The Feb. 13 special election is right around the corner, so King and Pierce County voters should be looking for ballots arriving in their mail soon.

King County sent out ballots to roughly 750,000 voters today, Jan. 24, while Pierce County will be sending their ballots out on Friday, Jan. 26.

The deadline for registering to vote online or by mail for this election has assed in both counties, but you can still register in person by Feb. 5. Click here to find out where you can register in person in your area.

Additionally, a new pilot change is coming to Pierce County ballots —they will now include a stub that voters are encouraged to remove before casting their votes. The blue perforated stub is located on top of the voter’s ballot and includes an, “I Voted,” graphic.

This change comes as Pierce County Elections is testing a new system for printing and mailing ballots. “Our in-house ballot inserter has reached its end of life. Before we replace this expensive piece of equipment, we’re trying out mail house vendors for the February and Spring Elections,” said Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson. Pierce County is the only county in Washington State that owns and operates its own ballot inserter.

If you forget to remove the stub, the Election Center will do it for you when they begin to process your ballot, but removing the stub yourself will speed up ballot processing.

For more information or to find out what’s on your February 13 Special Election ballot, please visit www.piercecountyelections.org or http://kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/whats-on-the-ballot.aspx.

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