Do not skip voting in the Washington State Primary if you are a legal resident of Washington. Participation in the complete process has never been more important.

Party preference doesn't define actual positions, records or intentions, so please do your best to learn of the individual candidates before voting.

Our primary is Aug. 17.

Registration deadlines are:

? July 19 for paper, online and updates

? Aug. 9 for in-person registrations at the Pacific County elections office and for address updates.

To register, you need to be a citizen of the United States of America, a legal resident of the state and at least 18 years old by election day. Felons may not register without restored voting rights, nor can those the court has declared "mentally incompetent."

See www.sos.wa.gov/elections for more election information, including proposed initiatives that are out for signatures and a list of candidates who have filed.

Glenn Ripley

Ocean Park

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