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Parks bond, school levy on primary ballot

Ballots and pamphlets for the Tuesday, Aug. 17, primary election have been mailed to registered voters in the Snoqualmie Valley.

Measures on the ballot include Riverview School District's $3 million supplemental maintenance and operations levy. The one-time supplement helps replace reduced state funding to the district and keeps class sizes manageable.

Residents of Si View Park vote on a $6.7 million bond request for repairs and upgrades at Si View Park and Community Center. It also creates a new public park at Tollgate Farm.

This year's election is a top-two primary; The top candidates who receive the most votes in the August primary will advance to the general election.

Locally, Valley voters have one significant primary race, a three-way in the fifth legislative district's position 2 state House race. Incumbent State Rep. Glenn Anderson faces challengers Dean Willard and David Spring.

In the fifth district's position 1 race, incumbent Rep. Jay Rodne has one challenger, Greg Hoover.

The primary also includes a 14-candidate U.S. Senate race. Incumbent Sen. Patty Murray faces a slate of challengers including Dino Rossi and Paul Akers.

In Washington's eighth congressional district, Representative Dave Reichert is challenged by Tom Cramer, John Orlinski, Keith Arnold, Susan DelBene, Ernest Huber, Tom Dillon, Caleb Mardini and Robin Adair.

Returning ballots

Ballots can be returned by mail through the U.S. Postal Service, requiring a first class stamp, and must by postmarked by August 17. Ballots may also be returned at a Ballot Drop Box by 8 p.m. on August 17. Ballot Drop Boxes are located at the King County Elections office in Tukwila and in downtown Seattle at the King County Administration Building.

Voters can confirm that their ballot was mailed and see its progress online using the ballot tracker system on the King County Elections Web site.

Register to vote

It's not too late to register to vote. King County residents can register in person by visiting the King County Elections office, 9010 E. Marginal Way S., Tukwila WA 98108, by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Aug 9.

Primary Election ballots must be postmarked, or returned to a ballot drop box or accessible voting center, by Election Day, Aug. 17. Registered voters who have not received a ballot, or need a replacement, should call the voter hotline at (206) 296-VOTE (8683).

Elections office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To be eligible to vote you must be:

• 18 years old by Aug. 1

• A United States citizen

• A legal resident of the state of Washington

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