Ballots for next month’s general election have been mailed. Votes can be cast several ways: mail in, drop off or in person. The drop-off sites opened Friday.
If voters plan to mail their ballot, it must be stamped. Ballots also can be dropped off at four locations on the Gig Harbor or Key peninsulas. Those boxes will be closed at 8 p.m. on Nov. 5. Locations are:
• Gig Harbor Fire Station, 6711 Kimball Drive
• Key Center Fire Station, 8911 Key Peninsula Highway North, Lakebay
• Safeway, 4811 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor,
• Purdy Fire Station, 5210 144th St. NW, Gig Harbor
Voters cast their votes in person Nov. 5 at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St. The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If a ballot hasn’t been delivered by Oct. 28, a replacement ballot can be requested. Voters can visit a voting center or call the county auditor’s office at 253-798-VOTE.
Monday, Oct. 28, also is the last day to register to vote in person at the elections center, 2501 S. 35th St., Suite C, in Tacoma.
The deadline for online and mail-in registration has passed. Registration is open to first-time voters who have never registered and voters who have moved from another state. Voters looking to register in a new county will not be able to register by the upcoming election, Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson said.
Voters’ pamphlets were mailed earlier this month. Online copies are available of the auditor’s website.
Although it’s not a presidential election, many issues that involve taxes, schools and fire districts are on the ballot, Anderson said. Turnout tends to drop in the years in between presidential races.
If ballots are not turned in before the cutoff time on election day, votes will not be counted. In November 2012, there were 521 ballots turned in one day after the election and therefore not counted.
Reporter Karen Miller can be reached at 253-358-4155 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.