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.