Register to vote in Feb. 14 special election on fire station bond

February 4, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 4, 2012

The deadline for people to register in person to vote in the Feb. 14 special election is Monday.

Many Issaquah-area residents received ballots late last month as Fire District 10 asks voters to approve a bond for a replacement fire station meant to improve response times.

Officials said a fire station built in May Valley could improve response times for rural residents and alleviate the workload for Fire Station 71 along East Sunset Way in downtown Issaquah — a station responsible for serving many neighborhoods inside city limits.

The district is asking voters to approve a $5.5 million bond to fund a rebuilt Station 78 and improvements to other fire stations throughout the sprawling district. The price tag for the rebuilt station alone is expected to reach $4.5 million.

Fire District 10 is the Eastside Fire & Rescue partner serving residents in Klahanie, May Valley, Preston and Tiger Mountain in the Issaquah area, plus Carnation in rural King County. The district encompasses about 130 square miles and about 28,000 people.

State law requires the Fire District 10 bond measure to receive a 60 percent yes vote from at least 4,418 voters.

“Register to vote so you can participate in the Feb. 14 Special Election,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “Once you’re registered, you’ll have the opportunity to vote in upcoming elections and help shape the future of your community.”

People can also register in person at King County Elections from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton. Or register in person at the Voter Registration Annex in the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave., Room 311, Seattle. The annex is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m.

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.

In Washington, voters do not register by political party or declare political party membership to vote.

Learn more about the process at the King County Elections registration website, www.kingcounty.gov/elections/registration.

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