In response to a complaint received from the Washington State Democrats, the Pierce County Auditor is sending the following postcard to households across the county by the end of next week.
In addition, the Auditor’s website reflects the fact that voters have until Nov. 8 to mail their ballot but must receive a postmark reflecting that date.
“Given recent changes to how the USPS handles mail and in an attempt to encourage every vote to be counted, we advised voters to vote early and to mail their ballot by Nov. 4 to avoid the possibility of not receiving a valid postmark,” said Auditor Julie Anderson. “We stand by that message, but we are not willing to expose the county to the possibility of a lawsuit.”
“We care about every ballot in Pierce County,” said Anderson. “That’s why we followed the guidance of the USPS and encouraged our voters to mail their ballots early. We stand by that guidance, given the recent changes made in the ballot mailing process by the USPS, as outlined in a recent Tacoma News Tribune story. I’m grateful to the more than 55,299 Pierce County voters who have already turned in their ballots and I continue to encourage all of our citizens to return their ballots early.”
Libby Catalinich, Pierce County Communications Director