It might seem much too soon to be voting again, but the Aug. 19 primary election ballots are going to be arriving in the mailboxes of Klickitat County residents this week.
According to Klickitat County Auditor Brenda Sorensen, a total of 11,794 ballots went out on Friday. Voters must either mail them back with a postmark of no later than Aug. 19, or drop them off at the Auditor's Office in Goldendale or in the White Salmon drop box by 8 p.m. on Aug. 19.
Because this is the first time the state's voters will have the "Top Two" format to decide who advances to the general election in November, a local voters' pamphlet, covering the Klickitat County Board of Commissioner races, will be enclosed with the ballots.
Also included will be a brochure to explain how the reconfigured primary system will work.
"There is a lot of information in there that tells about Washington's Top Two primary," explained Sorensen. "We're trying to get more information out to the voters."
Sorensen said each registered voter in the county will receive one 8.5 inch by 14 inch, double-sided ballot.
There will be a long list of races before local voters in the August election, including:
Klickitat County Commissioners (two seats, District No. 1 and District No. 3);
State Representatives (two seats);
Candidates for U.S. Congress in the Fourth Congressional District;
Lt. Governor's race;
Secretary of State;
Superintendent of Public Instruction;
Superintendent of Public Lands;
Washington Supreme Court Justices;
Court of Appeals Judge;
Superior Court Judge; and
Precinct Committee Officers.
Sorensen invited citizens to call the Auditor's Office, toll-free, at 1-800-583-8050 with any questions.
"We'd like people to be as educated as possible," she said.
A sample ballot will appear in the Aug. 14 issue of The Enterprise.