Voter guide bulkier than planned

Thurston county: Error means more races now included

bshannon@theolympian.comJuly 9, 2012 

Thurston County’s voter guide for the Aug. 7 primary is landing in mailboxes Thursday, and it has information on more legislative races than Auditor Kim Wyman previously announced.

The Auditor’s Office says it has statements from candidates in the 22nd, 20th, 35th and 2nd districts that overlap the county. The vote-by-mail ballots go into the mail July 18 in Thurston County.

The guide also has statements for candidates for Superior Court judge, County Commission and county public utility commissioner and information about a Munn Lake fire district measure.

Wyman has said it would have cost $20,000 more, or twice as much, to include all statewide candidates appearing on the primary ballot. But her agency and the Office of the Secretary of State both have online voter guides – available by following links at thurstonvotes.org or www.secstate.wa.gov/elections.

Previously, Wyman had said that only the 22nd District, which has no contested races, would have candidate statements. But that was an error, chief deputy auditor Ken Raske said Friday. The decision to also include the 35th, 20th and 2nd was made in March, long before the pamphlet became a campaign issue.

Wyman is running for secretary of state, and Kathleen Drew, a Democrat in that race, has complained that the state does not have a printed guide for the primary.

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