Washington sees highest primary turnout in 56 years


Today the Office of the Secretary of State certified Washington’s Aug. 4 Primary Election, in which more than 2.51 million people — or 54.44% of all registered voters in Washington — cast their ballots. The turnout rate is the highest on record for a Primary since 1964 when over 840,000 people voted, representing a 56.06% turnout.

“It’s gratifying to see that voters are excited, engaged, and eager to exercise their right to vote and make their voices heard,” said Assistant Secretary of State Mark Neary. “We look forward to serving the people of Washington state and conducting another safe, secure, and accessible election this fall.”

Ballots for the Nov. 3 General Election will be sent to voters no later than Oct. 16. The Office of the Secretary of State encourages people to visit VoteWA.gov to check and update their voter registration record or register to vote. Online and mail-in voter registrations must be received by Oct. 26 in order to participate in the 2020 General Election. After Oct. 26, new registrations or changes must be done in person at a county elections office or voting center.