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Pierce County: We’ll meet deadline for military voters

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2010 at 6:01 pm with 5 Comments »
September 1, 2010 9:26 am

Washington state may have needed an exemption from the federal deadline for mailing ballots overseas, but Pierce County doesn’t.

County Auditor Julie Anderson says her office will meet the Sept. 18 deadline for ballots to go out to its 9,050 military and other overseas voters, even now that the Pentagon has given Washington until Oct. 3.

“I’m not saying that it was easy,” Anderson said. “We’ve had a lot of people working overtime. We’ve had a lot of stressed out managers.”

Pierce County’s announcement is interesting because it has so many of the state’s military voters. Secretary of State Sam Reed‘s office had said big counties with many military voters are the ones that need the extra time.

His office says other large counties could still miss the deadline as they try to design, print and mail thousands of ballots in hundreds of different styles.

In Pierce, though, ballots are drafted and just need some tweaks, said Anderson, a Democrat who serves in a nonpartisan office. She doesn’t expect any changes once the primary results are certified by her office Wednesday and by the state Sept. 7.

UPDATED 9/1 to clarify Anderson’s office is nonpartisan.

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  1. pen_mightier_than_sword says:

    Military members remember:

    Murray is chair of the veterans affairs committee, 5th ranking member of the senate and has the clout to block the tanker contract when it didn’t go to Boeing.

    Rossi would haven clout and would be tied for last in rank and totally lack any seniority. Also, Rossi would block military raises and block COLAs for retired sevicemembers to cut the deficit. He would also attempt to block lifetime medical for retirees because it is too expensive and it is “socialized medicine”. He would also attemp to stop dependents from being covered medically to reduce the deficit.

    Unless you have millions in the bank, don’t vote against your own interests. Keep our high powered, 5th ranking senator, Patty Murray so she can protect our veterans and their dependents.

  2. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Military members remember – You did not serve in the U.S. Military to watch your country go down the “socialist toilet” under the inept leadership of “OH-Bummer” the maxist/socialist and his lap-dog – the socialist democrat Patty (the inept one) Murray!!

  3. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Congratulations to Pierce County and Julie Anderson for meeting the date for distribution of our military absentee ballots!! Who more than our military deserves the right to vote on the direction our country is taking at this critical juncture in our nations history?!

    There is no excuse for missing the required date for mailing of absentee ballots to the troops in the field – I don’t care if they have to shut the rest of Washington’s government down until that objective is reached!!

  4. EatonvilleTaxPayer says:

    Perhaps the sending out of ballots on time came about from the MANY letters sent about this issue. I wrote McKenna and received a letter back explaining the entire process–from printing of the ballots to mailing–and it is a very tight timeframe.

    I am VERY happy that Pierce County is going to be able to make this deadline. Our troops deserve this basic right, especially while being overseas.

    Thank you Pierce County for working hard and getting those ballots out! YAY!

  5. papasan says:

    Do you even have the slightest scintilla of a clue as to what a “Socialist” is?
    Somehow, I doubt it.
    I DID serve. For six years in the mid- seventies. I never missed an election. NOT ONE>
    This is a NON_ISSUE created so that Dino the dinosaur can get more print time.
    Contrary to the beliefs of the GOP, our Servicemembers are NOT so stupid that they can’t get a ballot in the mail on time. They are NOT all in fox-holes, miles behind “enemy lines”, this is NOT 1945 and you are NOT Edward R. Murrow!
    For Christ sake, can’t the GOP find an ISSUE worth debating about instead of trying to create one? Quit trying to make your stones on the back of the Military. Murray has done more for my brothers than the dinosaur EVER could or WOULD. The fact that you have to resort to calling someone names-of which you don’t understand to begin with- is a telling fact. If you have to repeat Limburger and Beck, it just shows that you have nothing to say for yourself.

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