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Primary turnout predicted to be high

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The ballots for Washington's primary election will go out later this month and the Secretary of State is predicting a better than average turnout around 46%.

That's just slightly above the average 43% recorded in the most recent presidential and gubernatorial elections. Secretary of State Sam Reed said here in Washington more people will likely vote in the primary because of the unusually high number of open offices.

"We have so many good races this year," said Reed. "Four open seats in state government with governor, secretary of state, attorney general and auditor. The governors race is a hot one."

Reed says historically the primary voters are typically middle aged but with this year's presidential election, he thinks Washington voters young and old, of all races and social classes, will turn out in force.

Primary Day is August 7th. All ballots must be postmarked or dropped in a drop box by then.