What the 2020 Census reveals about Pierce County

The 2020 Census was released late this decade, somewhat caused by squabbles about how it would be conducted and somewhat caused by working through the pandemic. Where the population numbers land impacts representation, number of Congressional Districts, and how the new lines are drawn to balance the population in legislative and county districts. The population…

Redistricting Pierce County

By Marianne Lincoln They slipped this meeting under the radar on me. I looked at the redistricting page on the link I Googled and there was no meeting dates. But, lo and behold, the scrolling pictures on the Pierce County Council page has a different redistricting link. Here is the Redistricting link for meetings. September…

Pierce County Redistricting

By Marianne Lincoln [Editor Note: Updated with new date. The County Council has delayed this one week due to lack of sufficient notice to candidates.] Ten years ago, I started my first blog called Lincoln Literature. In the blog, I followed the process of redistricting Pierce County (2011) very closely. I included quotes of the…

Candidate filing week begins Monday, May 17

Offices open for election this year include: Pierce County Superior Court #23 Port Cities and towns Schools Fire Parks and Recreation Water Sewer 190 nonpartisan local offices are open for election this year in Pierce County. Offices where more than two candidates file will appear in the primary election. All other offices will advance to…

Candidate filing begins May 11

[If you have always through more people should run for office, here is YOUR chance! Editor] Offices open for election this year include: U.S. Representatives (Congress) State Offices State Senators and Representatives Pierce County Offices Judicial Offices including State Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Pierce County Superior Court. Democratic and Republican Precinct Committee Officers…

Changes to Washington state’s election laws are now in effect

PIERCE COUNTY AUDITOR —  As of July 1, 2019, new conveniences and increased accessibility to voting in Washington are now law. The State Legislature passed a number of bills during the 2018 and 2019 sessions that changed significant dates and deadlines for registration and voting. Those changes include: Pre-paid postage: Every ballot will now come…

Turn in those ballots, Bethel voters!

There are two ways to spoil and election. One is to fail to get enough yes votes. The other is to fail to “qualify” by getting enough ballots turned in. Every election costs around $75,000 for a school district to even get on the ballot. Add to that the cost of sending out informational materials,…

Revving a local economy

By Marianne Lincoln Have you thought much about what it takes to make your local community successful? People in the community who are employed, with money in their pockets, shop at local stores, gas stations and restaurants. That, in turn, raises tax money to go back into the community. Quite simple, actually. So to make…

Down? Property Taxes for schools will go down even with new bond

Facilities Funding 11-6-17     <– PDF file data on the bond from the district BETHEL SCHOOL DISTRICT — As school districts around the state gear up for bond and levy elections next year, the Bethel School District finds itself in a unique position. In February, Bethel will be running a new $443 million bond and two…

County Charter Change to Prosecutor’s Office?

Editorial – Marianne Lincoln The Pierce County Council is making Charter changes again. This time they are looking at the Prosecutor’s Office, to make it non-partisan. No one seeking political office is truly non-partisan. All a voter has to do is look up a candidate’s political donations and see who is giving them money. The…