Voter Turnout Expected to be High For Washington Primary

“As always, I hold out hope that turnout will be even better than I am predicting. After watching democracy on the march around the world, and people’s enthusiasm for casting their ballots, I am struck more than ever with just how significant a privilege it is to vote. This is the first presidential election year where all counties have moved to vote-by-mail and we offer assistance to voters with handicaps, and we’re doing significant voter outreach.”

Military and overseas ballots already have gone out and other voters will begin getting their ballots late next week. Ballots must be postmarked by Primary Day, Aug. 7, or placed in a dropbox by then.

Since 1988, turnout for state primaries averages 43%. You’ll see that 1992 was another high turnout year, at 45.8 percent. 1992 was also a politically revved up year that included a new Congressional District; we gained the 9th Congressional District following the 1990 Census.

State Primaries in Presidential Election Years

Election Year

Turnout

1988

41.61%

1992

45.80%

1996

42.06%

2000

40.80%

2004

45.14%

2008

42.60%

Average

43%

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