Vote By Mail in Primary Elections
The 1993 Legislative Session allowed counties to conduct Mail Ballot Primary Elections and the 2007 Legislative Session extended that option to the General Elections.
The Pierce County Commissioners have opted to hold the 2016 Primary and General elections by mail, which in essence, means that all voters will be voting absentee.
There are several objectives to this decision. The main objective is the cost savings in holding the election in the way of reducing the cost of programming and maintaining five election machines, five AutoMarks, three voting locations and a substantial reduction in the number of poll workers for training and Election Day. The cost savings will not hinder the convenience of voting, as all voters will have the opportunity to vote in the comforts of their home, taking time to thoroughly study the ballot before making their final decisions.
Those residents who voted in either the 2012 or 2014 General Elections will be sent a ballot application. This application will need to be completed and returned in order to receive a ballot for the Primary Election. They will then be sent a ballot along with voting instructions, a secrecy sleeve and a return envelope. The ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before the election. If you choose not to VBM, you will be given the opportunity to vote in the traditional manner at the county courthouse in Rugby on Election Day.
Of the 53 counties in the State, 30 will be conducting VBM elections this year. Adams County has been conducting their Primary Elections since the law allowed that option in the 1993 Legislative Session, with very good success. All indications show that a VBM election should increase the voter turnout, which is a primary objective of all elections.
If you have any questions or concerns about the VBM process, please call the Pierce County Auditor’s office at 701-776-5225.
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