Maybe they were bored, or distracted by summer vacation. Whatever the cause, most voters in King County sat out the recent primary election.
Just 29 percent of the county’s 1.2 million registered voters returned ballots in the Aug. 6 election, according to King County Elections, which certified the final election results Tuesday. Statewide turnout was even lower – just 26 percent, according to the Washington Secretary of State’s office.
Interest was somewhat higher in Seattle, where turnout hit nearly 36 percent thanks to a crowded mayoral primary.
“This was a pretty quiet election,” said Kim van Ekstrom, spokesperson for King County Elections, noting that four years ago there was a competitive King County executive race and a plastic bag tax measure on the ballot as additional draws for voters.