PENINSULA - Peninsula Republican and Democrats are combining efforts to spearhead a community non-partisan voter registration drive in preparation for the upcoming Washington State Primary Election Aug. 19. All new voters who wish to participate in this election must have their voter registration forms post-marked and in the mail by July 19.
To vote in the Presidential and General Election Nov. 4, the deadline for mail-in registration is Oct. 4. If citizens wish to register in person, that can be accomplished by walking into either the Long Beach or the South Bend Pacific County Auditor's office 15 days before the election.
Carolyn Glenn and Pat Donnelly are the initial organizers of this event. They emphasize that if you have moved and changed your address, this is the time to update your registration records.
Glenn also reminds residents, "If you have parents now residing in a nursing home, or students who have gone off to college, they may need to update their voter registration forms with a new address."
Glenn also mentions that if your signature has changed dramatically since you last registered, it may be necessary to re-register the current form of your signature in order to be allowed to vote.
Glenn goes on, "The whole point of this effort is to get out the word that everybody needs to get involved and do their part for the upcoming election. Also we need volunteers to donate an hour or more to sit at a registration table. If you can help please call."
Registration tables and forms will be available at Jack's Country Store and Sid's IGA Supermarket, all week, through July 18, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Glenn emphasizes not to wait until the Nov. 4 general election to make sure your registration is in order. In many cases, it is the primary that will determine the candidates and issues. In some cases, only the top two vote getters will appear on the general election ballot.
If you are not sure whether or not you or a family member is registered to vote, you can call the auditor's office at 360-875-9317. You have to be at least 18 on the day of the election and registered to be eligible to vote.
If you can help with this registration effort on the north end, please contact Tom Akerlund by e-mail at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or call 665- 4178 and he will give you details on the registration table at Jack's. On the south end, contact Carolyn Glenn at (email@example.com) or call 642-2472 to volunteer at Sid's.
If you wish to write to Pacific County Auditor Pat Gardner, you may do so at 300 Memorial Drive, P.O. Box 97, South Bend, WA 98586-0097. Gardner's e-mail is (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the office fax number is 360-875-9333.