With time running out for people to cast ballots in the primary election, early ballot returns show about a 15 percent voter participation so far, according to the Pierce County Auditor’s Office.
Auditor Julie Anderson said she’s predicting a 36 percent voter turnout — the same percent that cast ballots in the 2012 primary. She said the county expects to receive most of the ballots on Election Day or the day after.
As of Friday afternoon, Pierce County voters had returned nearly 68,000 ballots. Nearly 443,000 people received ballots for this election.
While most of the action will take place in November’s general election, voters throughout the county on Tuesday will decide who advances in several congressional, legislative and judicial races. Voters in the Peninsula School District will decide on both a levy and a bond, while voters elsewhere will act on a few fire protection levies and an emergency medical services levy.
Voters can return ballots several ways: Adding a stamp and mailing the ballot before the 8 p.m. Tuesday deadline, dropping the ballot off at a drop box, or by voting in person at any of several vote centers throughout Pierce County.
Ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Anderson said the office can process a ballot in about eight hours. The majority of ballots could be counted by Thursday.
For more information, visit the Pierce County Auditor’s election website.