Register to vote in November election by Monday
September 30, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 30, 2010
In order to vote in the November election, Washington residents must register to vote by Monday.
To register, 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 King County Elections.
Issaquah voters will decide legislative, judicial and congressional races in the Nov. 2 election, plus a measure to raise the county sales tax rate.
Candidates aim to represent Issaquah in Olympia
The races to represent Issaquah in the state House of Representatives include incumbent Republican Glenn Anderson and Democrat David Spring in a rematch of the 2008 contest. The race for the other House seat pits incumbent Republican Jay Rodne against Democrat Gregory Hoover.
In addition to 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, incumbent Democrat Judy Clibborn faces Republican Stephen Strader in the race for a House seat. The other House contest in the district features incumbent Democrat Marcie Maxwell and Republican Peter Dunbar.
The district’s state Senate race has incumbent Democrat Randy Gordon and Republican Steve Litzow vying to serve the remainder of former Sen. Fred Jarrett’s term.
King County Council members appointed Gordon to the seat in January after Jarrett resigned to become the No. 2 official in county government.
The district includes Talus and other Cougar Mountain neighborhoods, plus rural King County.
Republican Gregg Bennett is in the race to unseat incumbent Democrat Rodney Tom in the 48th Legislative District state Senate race.
The district includes South Cove and other Issaquah neighborhoods along the southern shore of Lake Sammamish.
The district’s state House contest features incumbent Democrat Ross Hunter and Republican Diane Tebelius. The contest for the other House seat matches incumbent Democrat Deb Eddy against Republican Philip L. Wilson.
Judges needed for burgeoning caseload
East King County voters must also pick District Court judges. Newcastle attorney Donna Tucker and Redmond City Prosecutor Larry Mitchell seek to fill a post created by the county created the position last year to address a growing caseload.
Issaquah attorney John L. O’Brien and appointed Judge Michael Finkle seek to fill the other District Court position. County Council members appointed Finkle to the bench in February.
The court — the largest court of limited jurisdiction in the state — has responsibility for traffic infractions, certain civil matters and misdemeanor criminal offenses, and for the adjudication of state offenses — or violations of state statute in the county, or when the arresting agency is the Washington State Patrol or another state law enforcement agency.
The district includes Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville and parts of unincorporated King County.
Federal races feature familiar faces
The race to represent Issaquah in Congress pits incumbent Republican Dave Reichert against Democrat Suzan DelBene.
The district sprawls across eastern King and Pierce counties from the Snohomish County line up north to the Lewis County line in the south. The district bumps against Kittitas and Yakima counties to the east. Most district voters reside in Issaquah, Bellevue, Renton, and other Eastside and South King County cities. The district has a more rural character in Pierce County, and includes Mount Rainier National Park.
In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Democrat Patty Murray faces Republican Dino Rossi, a former Issaquah representative in the state Senate and former gubernatorial candidate.