Last year, the efforts of the Auditor's Office, local colleges and high schools, and civics-oriented organizations in Thurston County brought in over 900 new or updated registrations.
During every election, a portion of the ballots we mail go overseas. But if the United States pulls out of an international treaty, getting those ballots to voters and back to us might become a difficult task. Our entire system of making sure overseas voters receive their ballots depends on an international agreement that most of us have never heard of, the Universal Postal Union (UPU).
It's been over eight months since we started offering passport services at the Thurston County Auditor's Office. This seems like a good time to take stock and see how this new service is coming along.