#4ThePeople: Everything to know for Washington’s August Primary

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Washington primary election is coming up on August 2, and 4 News Now wants to make sure you have all the resources to make an informed decision when filling out your ballot this election season. 

Here is everything you need to know — from registering to vote to learning more about your candidates. 

REGISTERING TO VOTE:

Registering to vote is easy in Washington. You can do it online, by mail or in person. 

We’ve listed out step-by-step instructions HERE that will you walk you through the process with screenshots and all. 

RELATED: #4ThePeople: How to register to vote in Washington

REMEMBER YOUR DEADLINES: 

There are several important deadlines leading up to Election Day. 

July 15: Start of 18-day voting period (through Election Day) 

July 25: Online and mail registrations must be received 8 days before Election Day. Register to vote in person during business hours and anytime before 8 p.m. on Election Day. 

August 2: Deadline for Washington State voter registration or updates (in person only) 

August 2: Primary Day – Deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day. 

READ: #4ThePeople: Where to return your ballot and how to track it

DO YOUR HOMEWORK: 

This year, voters will decide who represents them on local county commissions, in law enforcement and in the U.S. House and Senate. 

Washington State has a “Top 2 Primary.” This means the two candidates who receive the most votes in the Primary Election will qualify for the November General Election. A candidate must also receive at least 1% of the votes cast in that race to advance to the General Election.

Editor’s Note: 4 News Now is not including every race that may be on your ballot. In some instances, candidates are running unopposed. Races in smaller counties, towns and cities can be found here

Federal and Statewide Races: 

U.S. Senator 

U.S. Representative – District 5

WA Secretary of State:

Spokane County: 

Spokane Valley Fire Department Prop. 1: This proposition authorizes the District to restore its regular property tax levy to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2022 (collected in 2023) and authorizes adjustments by the greater of 1 % or the CPI referenced in Resolution 2022-513 for the five succeeding years not to exceed 6% per year.

Spokane County Fire Protection District No. 3: This levy aims to improve the level of emergency medical services provided to the citizens of the District. The District will use the revenue from this levy exclusively for emergency medical services. If approved, the EMS tax on a $300,000 assessed valuation residence would not exceed $150.00 each year or approximately $12.50 per month for the emergency medical services.

Spokane County Fire Protection District No. 4: This levy aims to maintain the level of emergency medical services provided on a continuing basis including basic, intermediate and advanced life support services. If the levy is approved, the maximum tax per $100,000 assessed valuation would not exceed $50.00 each year or approximately $4.17 per month for emergency medical services.

Spokane County Fire Protection District No. 13: This levy aims to maintain and adequately fund District operations. This proposition authorizes the District to maintain and/or improve service levels by restoring its regular property tax levy to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value to be collected in 2023 and authorizing adjustments of six percent or less, subject to otherwise applicable statutory limits, for each of the five succeeding years.

Spokane County Commission

The Spokane County Commission is expanding from three commissioners to five this year. The county has been redistricted into five new zones and this year, voters will only vote for who will represent their district. Countywide commissioner elections are no longer in place.

Spokane County Commissioner District 1

Spokane County Commissioner District 2

Spokane County Commissioner District 3

Spokane County Commissioner District 4

Spokane County Commissioner District 5

Legislative District 3 State Representative 1

Legislative District 3 State Representative 2

Legislative District 4 State Representative 1

Legislative District 4 State Representative 2

Legislative District 6 State Representative 2

Legislative District 7 State Representative 1

Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney

Spokane County Sheriff