Benton County residents were voting in Tuesday’s primary election at a rate well below the state average, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
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 have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to return their ballots to drop boxes across Benton and Franklin counties.