2014 election certification and recount briefing, Nov. 26

The 2014 general election was certified by the Pierce County Canvassing Board today, bringing the election to a close. Results are available on the Pierce County elections website (www.piercecountyelections.org). The Canvassing Board has ordered a recount for one race. Pierce County Council District 7 (Derek Young v Stan Flemming) is separated by just 93 votes or .00224, requiring a manual recount. Manual (hand count) recounts are triggered if the difference between the candidates is less than one quarter of one percent (.0025) and also less than 150 votes. [Read more…]

Westside Story – Election Reflection

Just 12 days of slick, misleading political recycling trash junk mail.

November 4, 2014, Election Day, has come and gone.

I remember middle school elections of the 1950s.  Candidates made posters. Candidates made “Vote for me” paper badges for their supporters.  Little effort was expended determining which candidates were most qualified. It was a silly juvenile popularity contest based on superficial issues such as who had the best posters.

As I reflect on elections in my adult life, it appears to me that not much has changed.  Today’s elections are still much like middle school;  silly  and juvenile.
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Tight campaigns prompt voter privacy questions

As the election gets down to the wire, local committees have ramped up Get Out The Vote campaigns. As a result, voters want answers from the Pierce County Auditor’s Office about how their personal information is made public.Campaign volunteers make phone calls and knock on doors, encouraging voters to return their ballots. Voters want to know, “How do they know that I haven’t voted?” And, “How do they know my name?” [Read more…]

Letter: Jeanette Lineberry for judge, endorsement information (on back of your ballot)

By Dick Muri, Steilacoom

Jeanette Lineberry, a former Pierce County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, finished first in the August 5 primary election for Pierce County District Court Position #8. In addition to serving as a prosecutor, Jeanette has experience in private practice representing individuals, families and business owners. She currently serves as a pro-tem Judge and is also the attorney for the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center where she assists victims of domestic violence. [Read more…]