Your Vote Matters!
Most people over the age of 18 are eligible to vote today, but that hasn’t always been the case! Even though the United States was built on the philosophy of voting and democracy, we still had a long way to go (almost 200 years!) before all our citizens had the unalienable right to have their voices heard. Just under half a century has passed since voting rights were awarded to all. And while it is your civic duty to vote, it is also an amazing privilege that is not to be taken lightly, but rather cherished and appreciated.
Every Vote Counts!
It can sometimes feel like the sheer volume of people voting is unimaginable… how could your one little vote matter in such a large sea of votes? Well, we have had a few extremely close presidential races in the past. That last deciding vote between one candidate or another could be YOUR VOTE! Some states, like Washington, operate on a “Winner Take All” type voting system. This means all of Washington’s 12 electoral votes will go to whichever candidate won the majority vote throughout the state. Essentially, your one vote could decide which candidate Washington State votes for – AS A WHOLE!
So, hopefully now you can see why… Your Vote Matters!
We want each and every one of Washington’s citizens to vote, so we have gathered all of the materials necessary to make your voting journey easier. Pierce County has created an Election Guide for you to be as informed as possible about the process of voting. It is also super important to read your Voter’s Pamphlets to learn as much about each candidate as you can to make the decision that best suits you and your needs. There is information and help for those Voters With a Felony charge. Having a felony on your record does not automatically bar you from voting forever. Lastly, for those who do not have a residential address, please reach out to the resources that help Voters Experiencing Homelessness. If you are experiencing homelessness and have not received your ballot, you can visit any of Pierce County’s public libraries on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3rd) and have a replacement ballot printed for free. You can then complete the ballot at the library and deposit it at the library drop box.
The in-person voting center location for Pierce County listed below. They will be open today (Monday, Nov. 2nd) from 8:30a to 6pm and on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3rd) from 8:30am to 8pm. If you have filled out your ballot and are unsure of where to take it, there is a Pierce County Ballot Drop Box Map and list of drop box locations. The approved drop boxes are located all over Pierce County, so it is likely there is at least one, if not a few that are nearby. Your ballot will need to be dropped off at a dropbox location by 8pm on Election Day to be counted. If you have already voted, congratulations!! Make sure to Track Your Ballot and confirm that it arrived and has been counted! There is still a little bit of time to correct any issues.
Have questions or need assistance for the November 3, 2020 General Election? Call the Pierce County Elections team and they can help! 253-798-VOTE (8683).