Election includes ‘lots of great races’ for voters to decide
August 4, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 4, 2012
The top elections official in Washington, Secretary of State Sam Reed, urged strong turnout in the upcoming primary election.
Ballots must be postmarked or slipped into a designated ballot drop box by Tuesday.
The summer primary — bumped up to accommodate military and overseas voters — allows local voters a chance to decide a property tax measure and cull the field in federal, judicial, legislative and statewide contests.
The electorate selects the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, in the all-mail primary election. The top vote recipients then advance to an all-mail general election Nov. 6.
In the Issaquah area, voters must select the top candidates for state House of Representatives and U.S. House of Representatives seats, in addition to selecting hopefuls for judicial and statewide posts.
The ballot also contains a $200 million King County property tax measure to fund a juvenile justice center, Proposition 1.
“This is one of those watershed election years, and the action begins with the primary. There are lots of great races that should interest just about everyone,” Reed said in a statement. “This is one of the most interesting election seasons in years. We encourage every registered voter, even the busiest people and those of us who are glued to the Olympics coverage, to take part. It’s our duty and our privilege. In my book, casting an informed ballot really deserves a civics gold medal!”