Voters decide races for local party officers, too
August 3, 2010
Besides the headline-hogging races for U.S. senator and U.S. representative, some voters face another, less glamorous choice on the Aug. 17 ballot: precinct committee officer.
The officer serves as local party representative in his or her neighborhood. In the role, the officer helps register people to vote and drums up party support as elections near by handing out campaign material and encouraging neighbors to vote.
King County has been carved into 2,538 precincts — neighborhoods or parts of communities.
Voters can consult their ballots or create a personalized voter guide at the King County Elections website to determine local precinct committee contests.
Candidates filed for 1,358 of the precinct committee officer positions on the primary election ballot. But another 1,180 precinct committee officer slots on the ballot remain blank.
Latecomers can file to run as write-in candidates for positions until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16. If no one gets elected to a precinct committee officer seat, the local political parties can appoint someone to the post.