Local celebrities join voter education campaign

October 19, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 19, 2012

King County Elections turned to a lineup of boldface names — Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian, mystery writer J.A. Jance and sports announcer Kevin Calabro — to share important tips for voters as the Election Day ballot deadline approaches.

Adrian, Jance and Calabro joined a regional voter education campaign featuring radio, TV and online ads to educate residents about the voting process.

Local elections officials started the voter education campaign before the August primary. The initial round of spots featured renowned chef Tom Douglas, travel guru Rick Steves and Seattle Storm players. The celebrities involved in the campaign agreed to donate time for the effort.

“Everyone can be a voting champion,” Adrian said in a statement. “Don’t wait til the last second. Go for the gold by following the directions and getting your ballot back early.”

Sponsored by elections departments from King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties, and the Office of the Secretary of State, the ads remind voters to sign return ballot envelopes and get ballots back on time.

King County also is reaching out to Chinese- and Vietnamese-speaking citizens. The county provides voting materials in  Chinese and Vietnamese, in compliance with federal requirements.

The elections office enlisted notable figures from the Vietnamese and Chinese communities and is publishing voting tips in the Seattle Chinese Post, Northwest Vietnamese News and Northwest Asian Weekly, and running public service announcements on AAT TV.

The ads feature actor and TV host Mrs. Roy Chiao, Thach Nguyen, real estate agent and advocate for the homeless, Verlinda Vu, Miss Vietnam Washington, and Peter Wong, chairman of Rainbow Missions and expert in adaptive technology.

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