RELEASES from Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed
Issued: January 28, 2008
Primary Voters’ Pamphlet to reach 3+ million homes
Olympia... Washington's most
comprehensive guide for the February 19th Presidential Primary will
reach more than 3.2 million homes within the next few days.
This year, it is especially important for voters to be informed because
for the first time in decades, the race to for the White House is
completely up for grabs without an incumbent President or Vice
President on the ticket.
The Voters' Pamphlet includes a list of candidates, candidate
background information, career experience, as well as candidate
"By reaching voters in their homes, the pamphlet puts information about
each presidential candidate directly in the hands of voters," said
Secretary of State Sam Reed, "helping them to make the most informed
The printed Voters' Pamphlet is available in English, Spanish, and
Chinese. An online Voters' Pamphlet is also available at www.vote.wa.gov, offered in the
same languages as well as audio format.
Large print and Braille formats are available upon request through the
Office of the Secretary of State at (800) 448-4881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voters who nominate presidential candidates must choose a Republican or
Democratic ballot. Voters should be aware that most counties are also
running special elections on February 19. In most cases, other races
and measures will appear on Presidential Primary ballots. Citizens who
choose to skip the nomination for President may still vote on the other
Citizens not registered in Washington have until February 4th to
register in-person at their county elections department.
February 1, 2008 – Deadline for counties to send absentee and mail
ballots (RCW 29A.40.070)
February 9, 2008 – Washington State Political Party Caucuses (more
information available at www.wsrp.org
February 19, 2008 – Washington's Presidential Primary. Ballots must be
postmarked on or before Election Day.
Issued: February 06, 2008
Reed predicts heavy turnout for next
week’s Presidential Primary
Washington's mail voters are
turning out in force for the state's upcoming Presidential Primary
still two weeks away. Trays of ballots are being delivered to county
election departments across the state.
"From Clallam to King to Yakima County, initial returns are very
strong," said Secretary of State Sam Reed. "At this rate, we expect
nearly half of all registered voters in Washington to vote in
Washington's Presidential Primary and Special Elections."
Auditor Patty Rosand of Clallam County reported, "On the first day of
receiving ballots, 4,347 or 10% of the 43,300 mailed were returned to
the Auditor's Office. This is about double the ballots we normally
receive for the first day of processing."
Taking into account the results of Super Tuesday, Reed expects interest
in the run for the White House to hold through Washington's caucuses
this Saturday, February 9, and through the Washington State
Presidential Primary scheduled for February 19.
Reed expects a record-breaking 47% of registered voters to cast ballots
in the primary due to:
- A high interest in who will become the successor to President
George W. Bush. For the first time in decades, no incumbent President
or Vice President is on the ticket;
- Second, all but three counties will hold special elections in
conjunction with the Presidential Primary;
- Finally, Reed expects any active campaigning by the presidential
candidates to drive turnout.
"Washington's political system allows voters to participate in both the
party caucuses and the Presidential Primary," said Reed. "Our voters
can have a say and an impact on the momentum that will send our next
president to the Oval Office."
More information on Washington's 2008 Presidential Primary:
- 36 of 39 counties will hold special elections in conjunction with
the Presidential Primary.
- No special elections will be held in Garfield, Jefferson, or
- Voters who wish to skip the nomination of a presidential
candidate are encouraged to vote the other races and measures. These
voters may skip the oath requirement but must still sign their names on
the ballot envelope as required by law.
- All counties except King and Pierce will conduct the election
entirely by mail.
Issued: March 11, 2008
Washington's Presidential Primary
OLYMPIA... Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed today officially
results of the Presidential Primary -- which drew a record turnout,
among those who voted by mail.
Statewide, 44 percent of registered voters turned out; participation
among mail voters was 47 percent; turnout at poll sites (offered in
County and King County only) was dramatically lower at 9 percent.
"We know – without question – that the people of Washington want a
in the nomination of the U.S. President," said Reed. "We hope the
parties take notice and honor the people’s will when determining how to
allocate delegates in future presidential primaries."
The previous record turnout for a Presidential Primary was set in
when 42 percent of registered voters cast ballots.
In the 2008 Presidential Primary, which required voters to choose a
party ballot to nominate a presidential candidate, 56 percent of voters
chose Democratic ballots, while 44 percent selected Republican ballots.
The Office of Secretary of State today also noted that during
time, the agency received more than 9,000 calls and 800 emails from
concerned about the political party oath.
"Washingtonians cherish their freedom on the ballot," said Reed.
want the right to choose the candidate they believe will make the best
chief executive for the country – free and clear of a party oath."