2012 Election Deadlines Approaching

Wes Murry, Writer

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The November 6th General Election is important for the nation as well as citizens of Washington State and Thurston County.  Along with the Presidential Election, Washington voters will choose a new governor, state attorney general, state secretary, state treasurer, state auditor, and state insurance commissioner.

More locally, races include a United States Congressional race, two county commissioner races, several local judiciary races, many county races, and several state congressional races.

If you would like to have a say in who should hold these positions, please register to vote.  According to data on the Thurston County Auditor’s website, October 8th is the last day for currently registered voters to update their information.  October 29th is the last day for new registrations.

In order to vote in Washington state you must be a United States Citizen of eighteen years of age by election day (November 6th) and a resident of Washington state.  Seventeen year-olds can preregister and will be automatically become voters on their eighteenth birthday.

To register to vote, visit a voter registration drive, the Thurston County Auditor’s office, or by registering online at https://wei.sos.wa.gov/agency/osos/en/pages/myvote.aspx.  When registering, you must provide your legal name, date of birth, residential address, signature, and a Washington State issued ID or driver license number, or the last four digits of your social security number.

Ballots will be available on October 17th and can be picked up at the Thurston County Auditor’s office or received by mail.

For more information about the election process, this year’s election in particular, or to register to vote please visit the Thurston County Auditor’s office or visit http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/auditor/Elections/electns.htm.

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