We are 13 days away from the state’s first August primary, and a lot of people are wondering whether a summertime polling date will result in lighter-than-usual turnout.
But Secretary of State Sam Reed thinks the Aug. 21 turnout will be 34 percent statewide, a couple points higher than in the last off-year primary in 2005.
Reed believes an increase in all-mail voting will offset the effect of a mid-August election date. All counties except Pierce, King and Kittitas now use all-mail voting; by 2008, Pierce County will be the only county still offering some traditional polling places.
Pierce County Auditor Pat McCarthy has asked the County Council to adopt all-mail voting in 2008, but the council won’t take up the issue until next year.
Check out the secretary of state’s website to see how the office is using MySpace to promote voting.