OLYMPIA — New data from the Washington Secretary of State’s office shows Pacific County residents are fulfilling their civic duty ahead of next week’s election.

As of July 27, 26.5% of eligible voters in the county have already returned their ballots ahead of the Aug. 4 primary election, the highest percentage of any county in the state and more than twice as high as the statewide rate of 12.1%.

Ferry County, in northeastern Washington, follows Pacific County at 20.9%. Neighboring Grays Harbor, Lewis and Wahkiakum counties are at 16.5%, 17% and 17.9%, respectively. Pierce and Snohomish counties, two of the most populous counties in the state, are at the bottom of the pack at 9% apiece.

Voters in Pacific County have more than a dozen races to vote for on their primary ballots, including a county commissioner race, two 19th Legislative District races, a 36-way gubernatorial race, a seven-way commissioner of public lands race and a four-way attorney general race. In the 2016 primary election, Pacific County’s voter turnout rate was 43.8%.

Ballots for the Aug. 4 primary election must be dropped off or postmarked by 8 p.m. on election night.

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