Register to vote by July 19 to participate in August primary

July 12, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

UPDATED — 2 p.m. July 15, 2010

In order to cast a ballot in the Aug. 17 primary election, King County residents must register to vote by July 19.

Registered voters with outdated addresses must also update their information by the deadline.

In order to register as a Washington voter, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Washington resident, at least 18 by Election Day and not under the authority of the state Department of Corrections.

Voters do not have to register by political party or declare political party membership in order to vote in primary or general elections.

Find a full list of requirements and registration forms at the King County Elections website.

“Registering to vote is easy,” county Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a news release. “We have detailed information on the Elections website and our staff is here to help you in person or over the phone. If you are eligible to vote and haven’t yet registered, there’s still time to make sure you can participate in the next election.”

Issaquah voters will narrow the field in legislative, congressional and judicial races in the Aug. 17 primary.

Voters will winnow the contenders in each race — regardless of party affiliation — to two candidates. The top candidates advance to the November general election.

Republican state Rep. Glenn Anderson will face Sammamish Democrat Dean Willard as he campaigns for a sixth term to represent the 5th Legislative District. The race also includes David Spring, the 2008 Democratic nominee for the seat, although local Democrats endorsed Willard for the post this year.

Besides Issaquah, the 5th Legislative District includes North Bend and Snoqualmie, as well as parts of Sammamish, Renton and unincorporated King County.

In the neighboring 41st Legislative District, voters will choose from Democratic state Rep. Judy Clibborn, Bellevue Republican Stephen Strader and independent candidate Orion Webster.

The district includes Talus, Cougar Mountain neighborhoods and part of unincorporated King County.

Issaquah voters will also pick the top two candidates from Donna Tucker, Larry Mitchell and Ketu Shah for a King County District Court contest. State Supreme Court contests will also appear on the August ballot.

Incumbent Congressman Dave Reichert, a Republican, has attracted eight challengers, including the Democratic nominee, Suzan DelBene.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat, faces Dino Rossi, a former Issaquah representative in the state Senate and former Republican gubernatorial candidate; Tea Party favorite Clint Didier and 12 lesser-known challengers.

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