Election results same after final vote tally

Olympia - Nearly 43 percent of Thurston County voters cast ballots in the Aug. 17 primary, according to a final count of votes certified Wednesday by the county Canvassing Board.

The Auditor’s Office tallied the final ballots, bringing the total cast to 63,363 out of 147,782 voters registered – or 42.88 percent. Statewide turnout is slightly less than 41 percent, and the Office of the Secretary of State is scheduled to certify statewide results Tuesday.

The outcomes of local races were not changed by the votes counted since election night.

In the race for sheriff, Democrat Debra Mealy expanded her early lead of 37 votes over independent candidate John Snaza, winning by 204 votes at the end.

The race was the closest primary in the county, and both qualify for the Nov. 2 ballot under the top-two format. If they had been vying for the second position on the ballot, a recount would have been needed, county elections manager Steve Homan said.

For county elections results, go to www.thurstonvotes.org. For state results, go to www.vote.wa.gov.