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Washington's Primary Election Day Is Here

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

UPDATE: We will post results from Spokane County and state of Washington races as they become available tonight.

Today [Tuesday] is primary election day in Washington.

The fields will be narrowed for nine statewide offices. There are about 35 candidates for governor and 11 for lieutenant governor, for example. Congressional and legislative seats and county offices are also up for grabs this year.

If you haven’t registered to vote, you can today and then cast your ballot, but you can’t register to vote online. You have to go to your county elections office.

Your ballot must be postmarked by today to be counted. Or, if you don’t trust the U.S. Mail, Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton says you can drop your ballot into an official drop box before 8 p.m.

“Our drop boxes in front of the public libraries and in front of some city halls are open, even if those buildings are not open," she said.

This primary election day and the threat of Covid is causing a challenge for Dalton when it comes to preparing ballots for counting.

“Our pool of workers is a little smaller than what we would normally have at this time, but we are making due through this primary election. It become a challenge in the November election but we are trying to recruit more people," Dalton said.

Turnout in November is expected to be much higher than in this election.

We will have election results online tonight as they come in from the county and the state of Washington.