Primary day: Ballots due by 8 p.m. today — but less than half will vote

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5 things to know about today's primary election

TODAY IS PRIMARY Election Day in Washington state.

Here are five things to know about the election, as compiled by The Associated Press:

How does the state's 'top two' primary work?

The top two vote-getters in each race advance to the November election, regardless of party.

That means in some contests, two Republicans or two Democrats could end up on the general election ballot.

Also, voters don't have to declare a party affiliation and can choose among all candidates.

Are there any statewide elections?

No. There are 10 congressional races and dozens of legislative contests.

What's the most closely watched race?

The contest that is getting the most attention statewide is the 4th Congressional District [Central Washington] race to replace U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, who is retiring after two decades in the seat.

A dozen candidates — eight Republicans, two independents and two Democrats — are vying for Hastings' job.

Four Republicans appear to be the front-runners: Dan Newhouse, a former state legislator and director of the state Department of Agriculture; Clint Didier, a former NFL player and now a farmer and tea party candidate; state Sen. Janea Holmquist and attorney George Cicotte.

Are all of the races competitive?

No, in fact, most aren't.

In 95 of the 123 legislative races on the ballot, there's no contest. Twenty-two races are unopposed, and in 73 seats, there's only two candidates running, all of whom will automatically advance to the November ballot.

How big a turnout is expected?

The Secretary of State's Office has predicted that voter turnout for the primary will be at about 40 percent statewide.

Washington's is an all-mail ballot. Ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 5 or submitted in special drop boxes by 8 tonight.
The primary election is reaching deadline.

Ballots must be postmarked with Aug. 5 today or delivered to one of five drop boxes on the North Olympic Peninsula by
8 p.m.

Clallam County voter turnout was just 27.35 percent as of Monday.

Voters there had returned 12,980 of the 47,132 ballots mailed to registered voters, including 1,483 new arrivals, Clallam County Auditor Patty Rosand said.

Jefferson County voter turnout was 36.97 percent as of Monday.

Voters there had returned 8,457 of the 22,876 ballots mailed to registered voters, including 1,035 new arrivals, Voter Registration Coordinator Sandi Eldridge said.

Clallam County drop boxes are provided in the following locations:

■   Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. A drive-up box is provided.

■   Sequim Village Shopping Center, 609 W. Washington St., near the city's utility payment drop box in the J.C. Penney parking lot.

■   Forks District Court, 502 E. Division St., Forks.

Clallam County drop boxes are provided in the following locations:

■   Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend. A drop box is provided in the parking lot to the rear of the courthouse off Franklin Street.

■   Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock. An outside drop box is mounted in the parking lot.

The top two vote-getters in the primary will advance to the general election in November.

The primary election will be certified Aug. 22.

Last modified: August 04. 2014 11:12PM
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