Waving signs for mayoral candidates Merritt and Woodards
Attention, Pierce County voters: The end is almost here.
In case you’ve forgotten, or been hiding under a rock, consider this a reminder that Tuesday (Nov. 7) is Election Day.
Tacoma will choose a new mayor and vote on four City Council seats, including one at-large position. There are three Port of Tacoma commission seats on the ballot, one of which is the race to replace Connie Bacon, who’s retiring after serving on the commission for 20 years.
Voters in other cities will pick their favorites in dozens of contested local races. Countywide, voters will decide on Pierce County charter amendments, including one that would loosen County Council term limits.
To be counted, ballots must be postmarked Tuesday or dropped at one of 35 ballot drop boxes throughout the county by 8 p.m. (ballots deposited in drop boxes don’t require a stamp).
There also are four voting centers in the county where you can cast your ballot between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. They are the Gig Harbor Civic Center, the Puyallup Library, the Pierce County Election Center on South 35th Street in Tacoma and the Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities on South 19th Street in Tacoma.
Pierce County auditor Julie Anderson said Monday she expects turnout to be about 33 percent of the county’s 491,120 registered voters. The first round of results will be released Tuesday about 8:30 p.m., but final results won’t be certified until Nov. 28.
More information about individual races can be found in the general election voters’ guide, which voters should have received in the mail along with their ballot.