Voter turnout in Washington state’s vote by mail primary is once again extremely low, causing some political analysts to discuss if the election day should be moved.
Turnout statewide was under 22 as of Wednesday morning following the primary Tuesday night which means less than one in four registered voters actually voted. By Thursday evening, according to the Ballot Return Statistics page , out of 4,803,590 registered voters, 1,275,319 ballots, or 26.55 percent, had been returned. Approximately 7.71 million people live in the state.
These low numbers come despite more new voters receiving ballots this year, including, for the first time, 17-year-olds who can vote in the primary if they will be 18-by the time of the general election. Less than 15 percent had turned in their ballots by Wednesday morning’s totals.
According to the WA Secretary of State’s website, the largest group of voters to turn out by age are those 65 and older with 53.7 percent having returned their ballots by Wednesday morning’s tally. This was the only group to top 50 percent turnout in the primary.
45 percent of voters dropped their ballot in a drop box, while 54 percent mailed them in.
According to KOMO News political analyst Ron Dotzauer with Strategies 360, “Voters are just not focused in the middle of August in Washington state. We either need to go back to a September date or we need to look at an earlier date when voters, children are in school and are focusing on elections.”
“The primary tends to favor more Republican voters than Democratic voters,” Dotzauer said. “That doesn’t seem to be the case.”
Others speculated that some had voter apathy based on allegations of problems with the vote by mail system. Washington residents have been largely voting by mail since 2011. In Washington state, the top two candidates, regardless […]
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