Registration deadline for Aug. 16 election approaches

August 5, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 5, 2011

Monday is the deadline to register to vote for the Aug. 16 primary election.

Voters can register in person at King County Elections from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton.

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 to vote in primary or general elections.

“Voting is underway right now and there’s still time for new voters to get registered and get involved,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “I’d like to remind all voters to get their ballots in early and don’t forget to sign the back of the return envelope. Your signature is needed for your ballot to be opened.”

Return completed ballots at a drop box or through the mail. Mailed ballots require a first-class stamp.

Ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 16 or returned to a drop box by 8 p.m. the same day. The elections office opened a drop box at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, and others across King County late last month.

If a voter misses the deadline to register for the Aug. 16 election, he or she can register for the November general election. The deadline for registration online and by mail is Oct. 10. The deadline to register in person is Oct. 31.

Residents can also head to the elections office for a self-guided tour to observe the election process in action. The office recommends 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 19 as the best times for viewing, or 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Aug. 16.

Though no Issaquah municipal or school board races appear on the August ballot, local voters decide on the county veterans-and-human-services levy.

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