5.27.15: Voter registration deadline is July 6 for August Primary Election
5.27.15: Voter registration deadline is July 6 for August Primary Election
Posted on 05/27/2015

The deadline to register by mail or online to vote in the August 4, 2015 Primary Election is July 6. All registrations must be postmarked by this date.

 

Three Puyallup School Board director positions are up for election in this year’s November General Election; however, none of the open seats will be on the August Primary Election ballot because none have more than two candidates vying for the positions.

 

Non-partisan offices are only included on the primary election ballot when three or more candidates have filed for the position. By the May 15 filing deadline, two of the board positions each have two candidates vying for the seats, while another is unopposed.

 

Puyallup School Board Position 2, currently held by Director Dane Looker, has two candidates running for the open seat. Looker and Derek Maynes are running for Position 2.

 

Position 3, currently held by Pat Jenkins, also has two candidates vying for the office. Jenkins and Michael Keaton have filed for Position 3.

 

Director Chris Ihrig is running unopposed for Position 5.

 

Puyallup School Board candidates are elected to four-year terms on the board.

 

Voter registration

 

To register to vote in Pierce County, applicants must be:

 

  • At least 18 years old by Election Day.
  • A United States citizen and legal Washington state resident.
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order.

 

Register by mail

 

Voter registration forms are available at each of the Puyallup School District’s 32 schools, the school district’s Education Service Center, public libraries, staffed fire stations in unincorporated Pierce County, city clerks' offices, most state offices, and the Pierce County Elections Division.

 

Forms may also be accessed on the Internet at http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/register_mail.aspx or by calling the Pierce County Elections Division at (253) 798-VOTE (8683).

 

If registering by mail and it is the first time registering to vote in Pierce County, applicants must list on the form a Washington state driver’s license or the last four digits of their Social Security number.

 

Register online

 

To register online, visit https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/olvr.html. A valid Washington state driver’s license or Washington state-issued identification card is required to register online.

 

 Register in person

 

Pierce County residents not yet registered to vote in Washington who miss the July 6 mail-in or online Primary Election registration deadline can register in person from July 7-27.

 

In-person voter registration is done at the Pierce County Elections Division, 2501 South 35th St., Suite C, Tacoma. The Elections Division is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Mobile device application

 

Elections information may also be accessed by mobile devices such as phones or computer tablets.

 

People with mobile devices can download from the Internet a “Pierce County MyVote” application to get the following information:

 

  • Register to vote or update voter registration with changes such as address or name.
  • Locate the closest ballot drop box and get driving directions.
  • View a sample of the current election ballot.
  • Confirm when the ballot is received at the Pierce County Elections Division and verify there are no problems (the most common problem is a missing signature). Site users may also view their voting history.
  • View a list of federal, state, and county representatives and access contact information for elected officials.

 

See related article on voter registration for November 3, 2015 General Election