Ballots will be sent out this week across Grays Harbor and Pacific County for the August Primary. The Secretary of State’s Office says that over 4 million ballots will be sent statewide. In all, 671 candidates are running for federal, statewide, legislative, county, judicial and local offices.
Voters will have until Aug. 2 to fill out their ballots and return them to the Grays Harbor Elections office by drop box, mail, or in person.
This is this big once-every-four-years election, said state Elections Director Lori Augino as all nine statewide elected officials will be included, including governor. Five incumbents are not seeking re-election: Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Auditor, Lands Commissioner and Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Grays Harbor voters will narrow down the race for Senator and Representatives in both the 24th and 19th Districts, as well as District #1 County Commissioner. In addition, a countywide EMS tax is being proposed, as well as levies in Elma, Westport, Fire District #3, and Fire District #14.
In Pacific County, The City of Raymond and Fire District #5 are both proposing levies to voters, and voters will choose their top 2 candidates for Pacific County PUD Commissioner.
Secretary of State Kim Wyman urges a strong turnout for the Primary. The last comparable elections, in 2012 and 2008, had a turnout that averaged 41 percent, with a General Election average of double that, 82 percent.
“This Primary is an important opportunity for the voters to express themselves on the leaders who will guide the state and our communities in the coming years,” she said. “I know people are really engaged in this highly unusual election year, and I’m hoping they will use their ballots as a means of expression.”
The top two Primary winners in each office will move on to the November Election, regardless of party. Voters do not register by party and may vote for any candidates.