Voter turnout low in Spokane County | News
With less than a week away from the August primary election, Spokane County is nowhere close to the average voter turnout expected. Only 16.33% of voters have turned in their ballots.
The average turnout for the past five years, which includes one presidential election, is 36%, but at this point, voters are nowhere close to reaching that average. This doesn’t mean voter turnout won’t average out in the next couple of days.
This is actually the earliest August primary ever because Secretary of State Sam Reed requested the earlier date to accommodate military and overseas voters. New state laws also require ballots go out to registered voters 45 days before an election.
Reed calls this primary a watershed election year which means the results from this year’s election will decide the state’s politics for years to come.
Here’s today’s voter turnout statistics provided by Spokane County Elections Office:2012 Primary Election Statistics