Politics & Government

Aug. 5 ballots already in mail for Washington’s military, overseas voters

The primary election doesn’t take place until Aug. 5 but ballots are in the mail for 64,621 overseas and military voters in Washington. That’s according to the Office of the Secretary of State, which said Monday that all 39 counties met Saturday’s deadline for mailing the ballots.

In an emailed memo, state elections director Lori Augino said Monday that federal law requires the state to give “at least 45 days transit time to these voters, many of whom are overseas serving our country.”

The deadline for getting ballots out to the rest of the state’s more than 3.9 million voters is Friday, July 18. Most people can expect their ballots by July 19, agency spokesman David Ammons said.

The Secretary of State’s online voters guide for the primary includes candidates for Congress and Legislature.