Deadline approaches to register to vote in August primary

July 5, 2012

By Staff

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NEW — 1:30 p.m. July 5, 2012

The summer campaign season is close at hand, and July 9 is the deadline to register to vote or update registration information for the Aug. 7 primary election.

Voters can check to make sure if registration information is current by using My Voter Guide, by calling the Voter Hotline at 206-296-VOTE or by visiting King County Elections weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton.

“We’ll be mailing ballots for the primary election soon, so it’s very important that voters’ names, addresses and signatures are current,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “If you’ve moved or changed your name recently, you need to update your voter registration.”

Signatures tend to change over time, so it’s also important for voters to update the signature on file at the elections office. The update helps avoid problems when the office reviews and verifies each voter’s signature before the ballot can be counted.

Voters who miss the July 9 deadline to update registration should still contact the elections office to update information for future elections.

King County residents not registered in Washington can register in person after July 9 at the elections office through July 30.

In order to register as a Washington voter, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Washington resident, at least 18 by Election Day and not under the authority of the state Department of Corrections.

In Washington, voters do not register by political party or declare political party membership to vote in primary or general elections.

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