Important registration deadline arrives for Issaquah School District election

March 19, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. March 19, 2012

Issaquah School District voters face a choice about a $219 million school construction bond in a special election next month.

The deadline for people to register online or by mail to vote is Monday. Qualified residents can also register in person at King County Elections in Renton or a registration annex at the King County Administration Building in Seattle.

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 in primary or general elections.

Residents can register to vote, or learn more about the process, at the King County Elections registration website, www.kingcounty.gov/elections/registration.

People can also 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. 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.

If a voter misses the Monday deadline, he or she can still register in person at the elections office or the Seattle annex by April 9.

King County Elections opened the Seattle annex to offer people another opportunity for in-person registration assistance. The annex handles address and name changes, voter notification cards and voter registration drive materials. Citizens can also cancel voter registration at the annex.

However, the annex does not offer services other than voter registration issues. Voters should contact the elections office about replacement ballots, signature problems and other issues.

The special election is April 17. The elections office plans to mail ballots to voters next month. (The school district stretches from Preston to Newcastle, and from Sammamish to Renton.)

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

Ballots must be postmarked by April 17 or returned to a drop box by 8 p.m. the same day. The elections office maintains a drop at Issaquah City Hall during elections.

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