Military Voters General Election 2012

Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Forum
October 10, 2012

The Auditor’s Office
Elections. Recording. Licensing. Animal Control.

The Auditor’s Office UOCAVA = Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act
Pierce County Auditor’s Office is responsible for 13,062 UOCAVA voters.

CONTEXT

Context: Washington State
Washington state continues to be one of the top 5 states transmitting UOCAVA ballots: California Florida Texas New York Washington 89,582 75,268 69,526 54,495 52,892

Context: JBLM Population*
Military stationed at JBLM Dependents Total military/dependents stationed at JBLM Military/dependents registered in Pierce County Military/dependents residing in Pierce County Military/dependents outside Pierce County 43,375 56,188 99,563 9,700 5,822 3,878

Registered military/dependents living on base
* Data provided by JBLM, April 2012

2,389

JBLM Out-of-State voters
• Most JBLM claim residence in another state. • 34 states*require ballots be in the elections office by Election Day to be valid. • 17 states require they be postmarked by Election Day. • 4 states have conditional requirements.
* States or territories

COORDINATION

No Wrong Door
Federal Voting Assistance Program. FVAP...getting stronger! • Register to vote in home of record. • Get an absentee ballot. • Coordination / training Voting Assistance Officers.

ASSISTANCE

Exemptions from deadlines
• Request and vote a ballot without a formal registration. • Accept federal write in ballots for any election. • Ballot can be received anytime prior to certification (15 or 21 days).

Local convenience
24-7 Ballot Drop Boxes locations:
• DuPont Ross Plaza, 1500 Wilmington Dr. • Lakewood Park and Ride, 10417 South Tacoma Way • Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW • Parkland Library, 13718 Pacific Ave S • Roy Y Park and Ride, SR 507 and Pacific Ave S

Local convenience
Voting Center at Clover Park Technical College • Open Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday • In person voting • Replacement ballots • Questions

Exemptions from USPS
• Postage not required. All military voters receive a postage paid return envelope. • A USPS postmark is not required on military ballot envelopes. • Military voters can now return their ballots electronically.

eBallot Option
Recent state legislation will allow us to receive ballots by email. • Access their ballot online. • Use the website to mark their ballot. • Print, fax a hardcopy or send a PDF. • Return the ballot via the mail or email.

eBallot Option

• Voluntary opt-in. • Emailed 45 days prior to election. • We can get a ballot to a voter anywhere in the world if they have access to the internet. • This provides 65 days for the ballot to get to us.

RESULTS

Washington State Rocks
Washington state counted 99.1% of UOCAVA ballots returned. California Florida Texas New York Washington 95.5% 95.9% 97.0% 73.9% 99.1%

Military Voters… a lot like us
• Age influences turnout significantly. • Over 62% of the JBLM voters are under the age of 35. • Military or civilian, young men have the lowest turnout among voters.

Projections
UOCAVA Voter Turnout
16,000
80.00% 14,000

90% 80% 70%
11,200

14,000

78.85%

12,000

60% 50%

10,000
9,229 9,559 9,665 41.99% 7,277

10,251

8,000

40% 30%

6,000

4,000
18.50%

22.85% 4,058

20% 10% 0%

2,000
1,768

2,342

0 2008 2009 Registered Voters 2010 Voter Turnout 2011 Percent Turnout 2012

Questions?
Julie Anderson
Pierce County Auditor 253-798-3188 Julie.Anderson@co.pierce.wa.us

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