Voting deadline nears: About half of expected number of primary ballots already cast

With the deadline nearing for voting in Tuesday’s statewide primary, about half of the expected number of ballots in Pierce County had been cast as of Monday, according to the Auditor’s Office.

As Monday afternoon, 19,749 ballots had been cast, bringing the total to 78,102 — a turnout of 16.78 percent, Auditor Julie Anderson said.

Projected turnout for the election was between 35 percent and 38 percent, typical for a primary, even-year election, she said.

Ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 2) to a designated ballot drop box or in person to the Pierce County elections department, 2501 S. 35th St, Tacoma.

Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday.

A list of ballot drop boxes and voting centers is available online at bit.ly/2anDYB7.

The News Tribune voting guide is available at thenewstribune.com.

Election results Tuesday will be reported by The News Tribune at thenewstribune.com.

Hannah Shirley: 253-597-8670, @itshannah7