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Low turnout expected for Washington primary

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SPOKANE — With no statewide contests on the ballot only about 40 percent of Washington’s registered voters are expected to cast ballots in Washington’s primary election.

“That may be high,” said David Ammons, spokesman for the secretary of state’s office.

California and Oregon reported record low turnouts in their primaries, Ammons said. The 40 percent prediction is based on the past two midterm primaries in Washington, Ammons said. But those elections featured contests for a U.S. Senate seat, unlike the…

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