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Primary Election results: The latest updates on state & local voting

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The next wave of primary election results is being reported across Eastern Washington. To view the latest results from your area, click on your county's name from the following list: Benton County, Franklin County, Yakima County, Kittitas County, Walla…

Murray, Smiley advance in Washington Senate primary

Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray has advanced to the fall election in her quest for a sixth term after the longtime incumbent highlighted her support for abortion rights in the run up to Washington’s primary election. Murray will face Republican Tiffany Smiley, who is trying to become the first person from her party to win a U.S. Senate seat in Washington in nearly 30 years. Both Murray and Smiley prevailed Tuesday in Washington’s top-two primary system in which the two candidates with the most votes in the election move on to the November ballot, regardless of party.

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Elections staff in several counties in Southeast Washington report the number of early ballot returns is consistent with previous primary elections, but remain hopeful for better voter turnout. Rosa Cano, bilingual elections program coordinator for Franklin County, said the majority…

Washington primary includes U.S. Senate, House races

Washington voters will winnow the field of candidates in dozens of races in the state's primary Tuesday. Washington is a vote-by-mail state, and ballots were sent to nearly 4.8 million registered voters weeks ago. Among the races being decided are U.S. Senate, Congress, secretary of state and legislative districts. Under the state’s primary system, the top two vote getters advance to the general election in November, regardless of party. Washington is a vote-by-mail state, and ballots were sent to nearly 4.8 registered voters weeks ago.

King County OKs creation of gun, ammunition drop off program

People in Washington state's most populous county should soon be able to drop off unwanted guns and ammunition at any sheriff’s office or storefront location, assured of its safe disposal. The Seattle Times reports the Metropolitan King County Council unanimously approved legislation Tuesday to create a permanent program within its Sheriff’s Office that allows people to voluntarily return firearms and ammunition. The legislation asks the county executive to evaluate the feasibility of allowing drop offs and allowing people to request a sheriff’s deputy to pick up unwanted firearms. The measure emerged following mass shootings in May in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.

Seattle Chamber halts fight against city's big business tax

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce will not appeal the latest court decision upholding the city’s tax on big businesses. The Seattle Times reports a lawsuit filed by the chamber in 2020 argued that Seattle’s JumpStart tax — which requires high-earning companies to pay an annual tax on salaries over $150,000 — was unfairly and illegally placed on people earning a living wage. After a King County court dismissed the suit in 2021, the chamber appealed to an appellate court which deemed it an “appropriate” use of the city’s taxing authority. Chamber President and CEO Rachel Smith said the chamber will drop the case.

Washington's secretary of state draws several challengers

Democratic Secretary of State Steve Hobbs faces several challengers as he runs for election to the office he was appointed to last fall. Hobbs wants to hang on to the office for the remaining two years of former Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s four-year term. Wyman was the fifth consecutive GOP secretary of state in Washington dating back to 1965, but left for a key election security job in the Biden administration. Hobbs faces several Republicans and a long-serving elections official from Pierce County who is running a non-partisan. Under the state’s primary system, the top two vote getters advance to the general election in November, regardless of party.

Inslee to announce proposal expanding training, support for new officer recruitment

Ted S. WarrenBURIEN, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee will announce his support for the expansion of the state Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) on Thursday. The proposal is expected to help speed up training, reduce shortages within departments and increase opportunities to recruit more diverse and qualified candidates. Every peace officer must go through the CJTC to get trained and…