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Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

It’s Top Two Election Day in Washington State – don’t forget to vote!

Readers, a reminder that today is the last day of the August 2019 Top Two Election, the elimination round of our dysfunctional two-part general election system. Ballots must be postmarked or returned by a drop box by 8 PM tonight, or they won’t count. Be sure yours is in, and then remind friends and family to vote, too. Chances are, many of them haven’t. Don’t assume – ask!

Participation so far in this election has been pretty low. As of yesterday afternoon, statewide turnout stood at 18.8%. King County’s turnout is slightly above the statewide percentage at 19.2%, continuing a recent trend of

Pierce and Snohomish (the state’s next largest counties) are really, really lagging behind — as they were last year and in other recent years.

Pierce’s turnout is a pitiful 13%, while Snohomish isn’t faring much better at 13.6%. Both counties are dead last in the state as a whole for turnout.

Island County currently has the best turnout, although it has only twenty-four voters in its Top Two universe. Fourteen of those voters have participated.

Tiny Columbia County in southeast Washington has the next best turnout, with 42.2% of ballots returned. On its heels are Ferry and Adams counties, which are also very small, at 37.4% and 36.9%. Of the counties with a population that’s well into five digits, Mason has the best turnout, coming in at 30%.

The team at NPI urges you to be a voter and get your ballot in. If you would like to use a drop box to return your ballot, here is a list of locations for major counties:

Need help voting? NPI doesn’t endorse or rate candidates for office, but the Progressive Voter’s Guide is available if you want to learn more about who’s on your ballot. You can also use the official voter’s pamphlet published by your county. And for judicial races, there’s VotingForJudges.org.

Starting tonight, after 8 PM, we will be offering live coverage of election results here on the Cascadia Advocate. Most counties will only report one batch of results tonight, and not update again till tomorrow afternoon.

We will be watching a number of races closely, particularly the Seattle and Bellevue city council races, the King County Parks For All levy, and the special election in the 40th Legislative District, where fields of candidates of three or more are competing for just two spots each on the November general election ballot.

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