Thurston County Voters:
Voting is the cornerstone of the democratic process. With the renewed
patriotism our country has experienced in the last year, it is my hope
that the citizens of Thurston County will demonstrate their pride by
participating in the General Election. Every vote makes a difference,
which is the reason we selected YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE,
as the theme for 2002.
I would like to congratulate Marie Helton for being selected as this
years voter pamphlet cover design contest winner! The second and
third place winners artwork is featured in this pamphlet. This
artwork is on display in the lobby of the Auditors Office from
now until the end of November.
Please talk to your friends and neighbors and encourage them to vote
on November 5th. Many important Initiatives, Referendums, and local
issues will be on the ballot as well as a State Constitutional amendment
and the Congressional races. Plus, you will be voting on judicial, county
and Public Utility District Commissioner offices.
I am pleased to report that the Elections Department completed the process
of redistricting in Thurston Countys congressional, legislative,
and commissioner districts in 2002. The changes in these district lines
resulted in changes of precincts and polling locations for many voters.
For more information on redistricting, please see page 7.
To help you make important decisions in November, our office has partnered
with TCTV and the League of Women Voters to produce the 2002 General
Election Video Voter Guide. This televised voters guide
highlights the contested countywide candidates and will begin airing
in mid-October. You can access information on statewide ballot issues
and candidates through the Secretary of States Voters Pamphlet
as well as their website, www.secstate.wa.gov.
This voters pamphlet is also another useful voter information
guide. Please keep in mind that the statements in this pamphlet are
the opinions of the authors and are not in any way checked for truthfulness
or accuracy. The content is the sole responsibility of the candidates
and issue representatives. See the disclaimer on page 2 for more information.
On behalf of Thurston County, I thank Marie Helton and all of the other
7th and 8th grade students who demonstrated their patriotism by submitting
such beautiful artwork for the cover design contest. You can show your
patriotism by voting in the General Election. As always, remember to
have your absentee ballot postmarked on or before election day. The
polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on November 5.
Thurston County Auditor
Thurston County Fire
Protection District No. 3 (Lacey)
Fire Protection District No. 4 (Rainier)