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Voters pamphlets reaching homes now

Ready to vote in this fall’s General Election? Make sure to first read the voters pamphlet that is arriving in local homes now.

If you don’t receive your voters pamphlet by Wed-nesday, Oct. 22, call the voter hotline at (800) 448-4881 for assistance.

The voters pamphlet, provided by the state’s elections division, is packed with useful information about state candidates and measures found on this fall’s ballot. It includes info on the two statewide initiatives on the ballot: Initiative 517, the “Initiative on Initiatives” that grants more time and protection for signature-gatherers, and I-522, which addresses labeling for genetically engineered foods.

In addition, the voters pamphlet provides info on the five non-binding advisory votes on revenue-related bills passed by the state legislature this year.

Unlike the 2012 General Election, this year’s fall election doesn’t have high-profile races like president or governor. Instead, this election is dominated by local races for city council, mayor, county commission, school board, port district, fire district and other positions.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman points out that this year’s election should matter to voters because these local races can have a huge impact on them and their communities.

“The outcome of this year’s election affects the quality of your schools, your roads, your ports and fire districts, and all kinds of local services. This election will affect your family in a very direct way, so I encourage all Washington voters to vote in this election, and I encourage you to study the voters pamphlet as you fill out your ballot so you can make an educated and informed choice.”

The elections division is mailing it to 3.2 million households throughout Washington. It’s printed in 18 regional editions, including in Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish (as required by federal law).

Additional copies of the printed voters pamphlet are available in county auditor offices, libraries, post offices, long-term care centers and disability service centers.

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