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By Lou Marzeles

It's home stretch on primary voting


GUIDE TO INCOMPLETE INFORMATION: The Washington Voter Guides site, not to be confused with the State site, is a special interest organization's take on the candidates.

This coming Tuesday, Aug. 5, is Election Day for the Washington State primaries.

If this year is similar to past years, the majority of ballots across the state have already been mailed or dropped off. But every vote counts.

To help wade through the rhetoric and advertising, there are voters guides that could be helpful-some more so than others.

The Washington Secretary of State web site ( has very useful information on federal and state legislative races. You can click on the Federal or Legislative Candidates tabs at the top, pick your district, and see detailed information statements on each candidate.

There are other sites that also provide information for voters from other sources. Some of these have agendas both subtle and overt. The Washington Voter Guides site ( looks official and like it should be from a governmental agency, and it comes up high on web searches for voters guides for the state. But the site has incomplete and sometimes totally erroneous information on some candidates, listing wrong districts sometimes for specific locations. It also ranks candidates according to how they responded, if they did, to their own surveys on issues.

Voter rights organizations stress: be as fully informed as possible, both when looking at online guides and in making your decisions on your ballot.


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