It’s primary election time

Staff writerAugust 5, 2013 

All Pierce County voters can pick a pair of finalists for a Port Commission seat in Tuesday’s primary election, while some will get to choose finalists for mayors’ offices, city and town council positions, school board races, and fire and park district posts.

Voters on the Peninsula will weigh in on a highly contested state Senate seat.

The top two candidates in each primary matchup will advance to a much more crowded Nov. 5 general election ballot.

The only measure to be decided Tuesday is a West Pierce Fire & Rescue levy lid lift to raise money for emergency services. County Auditor Julie Anderson said it could be a “nail-biter” waiting to see if the fire district reaches 9,356 total votes, the minimum number needed to validate that election. On top of that, at least 60 percent of the votes must be “yes” to pass.

Anderson projects countywide voter turnout to fall between 19 percent and 22 percent, or fewer than 100,000 of the county’s 445,760 registered voters.

Mailed ballots must be postmarked by: Tuesday.

Drop-off ballots must be turned in by: 8 p.m. Tuesday.

For a list of drop boxes and voting centers: Go online to

Preliminary election results: Expected around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Where to find results:

To study up on primary candidates: See the newspaper’s voter guide, also at

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