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Voter pamphlet mailed to Kitsap voters this week
The Kitsap County Voters Pamphlet was mailed to all county residents this week in order to help people understand the available choices for the Sept.14 primary.
This is not a campaign ad, said Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn, The information here isnt meant to change peoples minds. We want the voters to learn more about the people theyre voting for, based on asking them a couple of questions.
The generally phrased questions, What background and experience would you bring to this office? and the somewhat ungrammatical If elected, what do you see as the top challenge of this office and how will you address it? are in some cases replaced by biographical data.
Flynn permitted this, but balked at including a statement from Republican State Auditor candidate Will Baker because it had what she judged to be inappropriate content.
Similar material from Baker ended up prompting an FBI lawsuit. Flynn was the only county auditor in the state to reject Bakers statement.
Flynn said more than 118,000 pamphlets were printed. Of these, 113,000 were delivered by mail to every house and post office box. Flynn said sending pamphlets to everyone rather than screening for registered voters saved money, since no sorting was required.
The remainder of the pamphlets were distributed between the auditors office and other locations such as libraries or post offices.
The deadline for mail in voter registration has already passed, but registration is permitted at the auditors office, the county fair and party headquarters until Aug. 31.
Those who did not receive a pamphlet can contact the auditors office directly or go online to http://kitsapgov.com/aud/elections/archive/primary/04/prilvp2004.htm.
The county will produce another pamphlet for the November general election.