Vic Varick, of Kennewick, drops off ballots Tuesday for the primary election into the drop box at Kennewick City Hall.
The primary narrows the race to two candidates who then face each other in the general election in November.
As of Tuesday morning, 13,020 of the 92,694 ballots sent out in Benton County had been returned, for a rate of 14 percent. That was tied for the fourth-lowest ballot return percentage of Washington’s 39 counties.
Franklin County residents, who have a state representative primary and three contested Pasco City Council races on the ballot, have returned 4,996 of 30,389 ballots for a 16.4-percent rate. That is higher than the statewide average of 16.2 percent.
Voters had until 8 p.m. Tuesday to get their ballots turned in or post marked.