Absentee voting begins today for primary election
Absentee voting for state and county primary elections on June 3 is now available at the Washington County Courthouse.
Voters have to be registered either as a Democrat or Republican to vote in the primary election, said Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer.
Absentee ballots are available at the Washington County Courthouse or can be mailed to a voter’s home upon request.
“We do have some people who do that,” Widmer said. “They come into the courthouse and request a ballot to be sent to them because they want to think about their decision a little bit.”
The number of people who vote in primary elections varies on the year and on who is running for re-election, Widmer said.
“There are some local races here in the county that will bring some attention like the county attorney race, and the supervisor’s seat,” he said.
Running for re-election as Washington County Attorney is Larry Brock. Also, seeking the Republican nomination for county attorney is Shawn Showers. Barbara Edmondson is running unopposed as the Democratic nominee.
There are four candidates seeking nominations for the District 3 Supervisor seat. Republicans are Scott Davis and Abe Miller. Democrats are Ceanne Alvine and Keith Cutkomp.
At the state level Widmer said there were several candidates running for Tom Harkin’s Senate seat from the Republican Party. The candidates seeking a nomination are Republican’s Sam Clovis, Joni Ernst, Mark Jacobs, Scott Schaben, and Matt Whitaker.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to your home is May 30, according to the auditor’s office. Absentee ballots are available at the courthouse until June 2. The postmark date deadline for absentee ballots to count for the primary election is also June 2.
A complete list of who is running as a Republican or Democrat in the primary election for county and state positions is available at the Washington County Auditor’s Office located in the Washington County Courthouse.