Readers, a reminder that today is the last day of the August 2022 Top Two Election, the elimination round of our 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 is mirroring the trajectory that we saw in 2018, at least so far. As of yesterday afternoon, statewide turnout stood at 22.6%; at this same juncture in 2018, it was 22.1%.
Lincoln, Columbia, Wahkiakum, Jefferson, and Garfield are the current turnout leaders. Each of those counties is above 35% in returned ballots.
The bigger counties are lagging behind.
Yakima County has the worst turnout, with only 17.6% in. Franklin is second-worst, at 18.7%. Pierce County, the state’s second largest county, has the third worst turnout, at 19.1%. Snohomish County has the fourth worst turnout, 20.6%, and King County has the fifth worst turnout, at 21.2%.
A few medium sized swing counties, like Whatcom and Kitsap, are in the middle of the pack, with turnout in the high twenties.
Final turnout in the 2018 Top Two election was 40.79% (it almost doubled in the last twenty-four hours!), and this year’s Top Two turnout could be that high or higher if enough Washingtonians vote in the final hours.
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:
- King County
- Snohomish County
- Pierce County
- Whatcom County
- Skagit County
- Thurston County
- Spokane County
- Clark County
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, especially the special election for Secretary of State, the contest for Washington’s 8th Congressional District (where three Republican candidates are battling for the opportunity to take on Kim Schrier), and legislative races in districts like the 46th and 36th, where large fields of candidates are again competing for just two spots on the November general election ballot, plus battleground LDs like the 26th, 10th, 42nd, and 24th.