Elections

Hey, voter: Deadline for primary ballot is Tuesday

By Hannah Shirley

hshirley@thenewstribune.com

Ballots for Tuesday’s primary must be cast at ballot drop boxes or brought to the Pierce County elections department by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Aug. 2. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday.
Ballots for Tuesday’s primary must be cast at ballot drop boxes or brought to the Pierce County elections department by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Aug. 2. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday. thinkstock

At the end of the day, all the articles you’ve shared, the pages you’ve “liked” and the campaign events you’re “interested in” won’t be enough to get your local candidate into office.

But a properly filled-out and submitted primary ballot might.

Ballots, distributed by mail 18 days before election day, must be returned by 8 p.m. Tuesday to a designated ballot drop box or in person to the Pierce County elections department, 2501 S. 35th St, Tacoma.

Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday.

Many local legislative races are heavily contested this election as state Democrats go on the defensive to hold onto their majority in the state House.

Republicans are vying to fill seats in the 31st and 44th legislative districts formerly held by Democrats, and are looking to unseat at least two Democratic state incumbents.

Voters also will select their top choices for several state positions, including governor, auditor and state Supreme Court justices.

On the county level, votes will be cast for county executive, County Council and two judges.

State Auditor Julie Anderson said projected turnout for this election hovers between 35 and 38 percent, typical for a primary, even-year election.

Election results Tuesday will be reported by The News Tribune at thenewstribune.com.

Hannah Shirley: 253-597-8670, @itshannah7

For more information

On local candidates: The News Tribune voting guide at thenewstribune.com.

For list of ballot drop boxes and voting centers: bit.ly/2anDYB7.

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