Elections

Your last-last-last-minute guide to Election Day in Pierce County

Election Day voting

Voters line up to drop off their ballots Tuesday morning at the Pierce County Annex in Tacoma. Thousands are expected to use that drop box on Election Day.
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Voters line up to drop off their ballots Tuesday morning at the Pierce County Annex in Tacoma. Thousands are expected to use that drop box on Election Day.

So the big day is here. In hours, we’ll likely know the outcome of the presidential race, along with dozens of others contests, near and far.

In the meantime, what do you need to know to participate, monitor or celebrate/berate the election?

Below are some questions and answers for Election Day.

What’s the deadline for voting?

Ballots must be mailed and postmarked Tuesday or put in a drop box by 8 p.m.

Is The News Tribune’s voter guide still available online?

Yes. It lists 61 races and 88 candidates at bit.ly/tntvoterguide.

Where are the drop boxes and voting centers?

There’s a list below.

What if my ballot is “spoiled” — like from a spill or if I mark for the wrong candidate? Where do you go for a replacement? Can I get one Tuesday?

You can go to a voting center — listed below — on Tuesday and vote on a touchscreen or get a replacement ballot, from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. (You also can get your “I voted” sticker.)

When will the first results for Pierce County races be announced?

Scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Will they be updated?

First update is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Where can I find election results online?

The News Tribune will post results from Pierce County, state and national results at thenewstribune.com. Local and state results will be posted about 8:30 p.m. National results will begin to be available when polls close on the East Coast at 4 p.m. PST.

Follow @thenewstribune on Twitter for tweets from reporters about election results and local reaction to them.

The TNT will be pushing back deadlines Tuesday night to include the latest coverage. That might delay Wednesday morning deliveries.

Where can I watch the election results?

The state Democratic Party will hold an Election Night party at The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., at 7 p.m.

Pierce County Democrats will gather 7-11 p.m. at the Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway Plaza in Tacoma.

The Washington State Republican Party will hold an election night party at 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue.

Pierce County Republicans will gather 7-10 p.m. at the Sharon McGavick Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW in Lakewood.

The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma, will hold a watch party 4-9 p.m. Results will be shown on the big screen. Admission is free, seating is limited, and beer and popcorn will be for sale.

What can I expect exit polls to tell me?

This from The Associated Press:

Data collected from polling-place interviews with voters will help explain who voted for whom, and why people voted the way they did. Among the questions to be answered by the exit polls:

Do voters cast ballots for their candidates enthusiastically or holding their noses? Do blacks give strong backing to Hillary Clinton after recent worries about their turnout in early voting? Who wins college-educated whites, who typically skew Republican but are being courted by Clinton?

In a race so often roiled by Donald Trump’s comments about women, what does the gender gap look like? Did people care about Clinton’s problems with her private email setup? Were they worried about Trump’s temperament? From whom did third-party candidates siphon votes?

Where to vote

If you haven’t already sent in your ballot, you can do so until 8 p.m. Tuesday at one of these locations:

DROP BOXES

Anderson Island

▪ Anderson Island Park & Ride, Yoman Road near Villa Beach Road.

Bonney Lake

▪ Bonney Lake South Park & Ride, 184th Avenue East and Sky Island Drive East.

DuPont

▪ DuPont Ross Plaza, 1500 Wilmington Drive.

Eatonville

▪ Barney’s Corner, 40512 Meridian E.

Edgewood

▪ Edgewood City Hall, 2224 104th Ave. E.

Fife

▪ Fife City Hall, 5411 23rd St. E.

Gig Harbor

▪ Gig Harbor fire station, 6711 Kimball Drive.

▪ Point Fosdick Safeway, 4811 Point Fosdick Drive NW.

▪ Purdy fire station, 5210 144th St. NW.

Lakebay

▪ Key Peninsula fire station, 8911 Key Peninsula Highway N.

Lakewood

▪ Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.

▪ Lakewood Park & Ride, 10417 South Tacoma Way.

Orting

▪ Orting Public Safety Building, 401 Washington Ave. SE.

Parkland

▪ Parkland Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave. S.

Puyallup

▪ Graham Fire & Rescue, 10012 187th St. E.

▪ Puyallup Library, 324 S. Meridian.

▪ South Hill Library, 15420 Meridian E.

Roy

▪ Roy City Hall, 216 McNaught Road S.

Spanaway

▪ Roy Y Park & Ride, state Route 507 and Pacific Ave. S.

Steilacoom

▪ Steilacoom Library, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd.

Sumner

▪ Sumner Library, 1116 Fryer Ave.

Tacoma

▪ Browns Point police substation, 4731 Norpoint Way NE, Tacoma

▪ 72nd Street Transit Center, 1319 E. 72nd St.

▪ Central District, 902 S. L St.

▪ Community Health Care at Salishan, 1708 E. 44th St.

▪ Kandle Park police substation, 5140 N. 26th St.

▪ Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St.

▪ Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities, 6315 S. 19th St.

▪ Tacoma Dome Park & Ride, 610 Puyallup Ave. E.

University Place

▪ West Pierce Fire & Rescue, 3631 Drexler Drive W.

VOTING CENTERS

Gig Harbor

▪ Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St.

Lakewood

▪ Clover Park Technical College, Rotunda Building 3, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW

Puyallup

▪ Puyallup Library, 324 S. Meridian.

Spanaway

▪ Pierce County Maintenance Facility, 4812 196th St. E.

Tacoma

▪ Pierce County Annex east entrance, 2401 S. 35th St.

▪ Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities, 6315 S. 19th St.

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