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Pierce County voters have clout

Post by Cheryl Tucker on July 29, 2010 at 10:08 am with 2 Comments »
July 29, 2010 10:09 am

It’s easy to have an inferiority complex here in the South Sound, where stories seem to be covered by the big media outlets only if they involve a crime of some sort.

But Pierce County gets some positive attention Wednesday in the Seattle Times. Editorial writer Joni Balter writes that voters here have a lot of clout in statewide elections and may even hold the key in close votes. They likely are the voters who are keeping Dave Reichert in office and made Dino Rossi’s first run for governor such a close race, she writes.

Read her column here.

I think Pierce County voters would have even more clout if this weren’t the only county in the state that still had poll voting. Voter turnout is lower here because voters who haven’t signed up for absentee ballots are much less likely to vote.

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  1. ldozy1234 says:

    Looking at the percentage of even returned Absentee ballots, unless the election is something “big” ( Presidential), seems like whether by poll or absentee too many don’t exercise their faint voice.
    Would disagree on the Poll issue.
    It’s surprising how often this topic rears its head around the start of the next election yet none of our “leaders” have taken the initiative to place it on the ballot once and for all. Not sure why but I always find it interesting that those elected to represent the people can’t find the time to place issues like this on the ballot but plenty of time to place things like term limits right up there.

  2. I agree with you Cheryl, what a sad comment you have stated. How can any one be angry we our leaders when something so discomforting as casting a vote is not made. Thx

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