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Election official shares importance of voting in primaries; important dates

Election official shares importance of voting in primaries; important dates

Election leaders said Washington voters who haven't registered to vote in August's primaries are out of luck.

That is, unless it's their first time voting in the state.

If you're new to Washington or almost 18 you can register in person before the end of the month.

Military voters are exempt from voter registration deadlines.

Franklin County auditor Matt Beaton said he hopes folks take the opportunity because folks often skip local elections and primaries.

He said this makes participating in the process that much more important, because each vote is worth a little more.

"We don't have huge turnout," Beaton explained, adding a few things he said voters definitely need to know.

"We're here, we're available and they can ask questions. That's why we're constantly telling you or reminding you about it."

Beaton said county auditors are mailing ballots for the August 7 primary on Friday, July 20.

  • Local voters' guides for your county here.
  • Elections officials are encouraging those eligible to register at their county auditors office in person before 5:00 pm Monday, July 30.

Adams County

  • Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • 210 West Broadway Ave Suite 200 in Ritzville
  • Phone: 509-659-3249

Benton County

  • Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • 620 Market St in Prosser,
  • 5600 W Canal Dr in Kennewick,
  • 101 Wellsian Way Ste E in Richland
  • Phone: 509-736-3085 and 509-786-5618

Columbia County

  • Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • 341 East Main Street, Suite 3 in Dayton
  • Phone: 509-382-4541

Franklin County

  • Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 1016 N. 4th Avenue in Pasco
  • Phone: 509-545-3538

Walla Walla County

  • Office Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 310 W. Poplar St. in Walla Walla
  • Phone: 509-524-2530


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