Dear daughter happily sent off her vote a couple of weeks ago, but soon afterwards she received a letter back politely saying her signatures didn’t match. So on Friday, we popped into the Pierce County Election Center to remedy the problem. The man behind the counter was very efficient and pleasant. He showed her the original signature and her current one. College has really made a difference in how she signs her name!
Anyway while we were there, we picked up a copy of the unofficial results to date. Below is a slightly more recent version from the auditor’s office website (which is full of interesting information!) There are also things to be learned on their Facebook Page.
Things I thought were interesting:
Only about 30% of the eligible voter’s have voted. Maybe because we keep hearing that this vote isn’t particularly important?
Hillary is way ahead of Bernie.
When comparing the two parties, about 10,000 more Democrats have voted
The ballot was created prior to Trump being the only real Republican candidate so there are other Republican candidates listed on the ballot, By the time we received the ballots in the mail, only Trump was a viable candidate. But still about 25% of the vote went elsewhere.
The Democrats had 193 write in votes and the Republicans had 904. I’d like to know what some of those were!
There is a new “Civic Pierce County” mobile app, which works on my phone. It let’s me know my elected officials, voting history, deadlines, a sample ballot and more. Pretty cool.
What a thrill to go to the Day of Jubilation at the historic Lord Mansion, which functions as the State Capital Museum and Outreach Center. The Day of Jubilation celebrated the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote in Washington State. The American Association of University Women Washington State hosted a the event, which was a pink tea. Many of the guests came in period custom and were in character.
Ok, I really didn’t need to go to the polls because I had already voted by mail. But I wanted to take a photo of a polling place and the one at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 3315 S. 19th Street in Tacoma was handy. I watched many voters coming and going and it made me happy to see so many taking this seriously.
As far as the church itself, it has very little internet presence, so I still don’t know much about it. I can say that it has a lovely building and a well tended yard!
Today I went to the Pierce County Building to drop my voting ballot in the box. I love how they make it so convenient. There were a bunch of complicated ballot measures this time and I spent some serious weekend time working on it. But I’m pretty happy with my choices and, as always, am proud that I voted. It’s an important part of being a citizen.