SEATTLE - The primary election is coming up next week here in
Washington, and even the convenience of mail-in ballots in 38 counties
is not expected to improve the turnout, which is projected at only 30
Since it's not a national election year, the August 18 primary is
mostly local, for mayors, city and county officials and some judges. If
you think there aren't enough important reasons to cast a ballot, says
Aaron Ostrom, executive director of the progressive voters' group Fuse Washington
- think again.
"If people care about transportation or development and smart growth;
about property taxes, about public health or public safety; about parks
or libraries, they need to vote in this election. Because these are the
folks who are going to be making those decisions."
Some of the hottest races are in King County, including Seattle's
seven-way race for County Executive as well as the mayor's race; Ostrom
says there are plenty of others.
"In Snohomish County, there are some important races between candidates
who are focused on protecting rural areas and quality of life, and
other candidates who are more pro-development. In Whatcom County, there
are some real important races too, between some progressive candidates
and folks who are more conservative.
Washington voters should have received ballots by now. For those who
haven't, it's time to call the county auditor's office and request one.
The Washington Secretary of State's office has contact information for
all county auditors and election departments listed online at www.secstate.wa.gov
. Pierce County is the only Washington county that still has polling places.
puts out an online voters guide, which Ostrom
says includes information about the candidates' backgrounds and who has
endorsed them. It's at progressivevotersguide.org.