Primary election certification sets stage for November General Election

OLYMPIA — Certification of the August 1 Primary has been completed, setting the stage for November’s general election in counties across Washington.

More than 1.1 million voters statewide participated in the August Primary, a 28.9% turnout by voters in the 36 counties which held an election. Issues on voters’ ballots included city and county elected offices, school and fire district positions, and local ballot proposals.

“The August Primary was very well run in counties across the state,” Secretary of State Steve Hobbs said. “Now our work turns to getting voters informed and motivated to make their voices heard in the November General Election.”

The August primary was Washington’s first election in which voters statewide could sign up for text updates as their ballots were received and accepted by county elections offices. This new feature of Washington elections can be enabled by adding a cellphone number to a new or existing voter registration via or in person at a county elections office.

More than 35% of the 10,980 voters making new registrations and updates to existing registrations in the month before the Primary chose to enable text messaging.

“Getting a text message when your ballot is processed adds transparency and trust in our system,” Secretary Hobbs said. “This new communication is also a valuable instant alert when a voter has forgotten to sign their ballot envelope, or when that signature doesn’t match, and the voter needs to contact the county elections office to make their voice heard.”

Washington’s Office of the Secretary of State oversees a number of areas within state government, including managing state elections, registering corporations and charities, and governing the use of the state flag and state seal. The office also manages the State Archives and the State Library, documents extraordinary stories in Washington’s history through Legacy Washington, oversees the Combined Fund Drive for charitable giving by state employees, and administers the state’s Address Confidentiality Program to help protect survivors of crime.