Local races dominate Wash. primary ballot

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Seattle's decade-long debate over how to replace the aging Alaskan Way Viaduct may soon be over.

Voters will decide in Tuesday's primary election whether to move ahead with a deep-bore tunnel through the city. That referendum stands as the most prominent issue on local ballots across the state.

About 20 percent of Washington voters do not have an election to decide. Secretary of State Sam Reed says he expects the areas that do have races will see low turnout, but he is encouraging voters to participate in elections that will shape local leadership.

This is the first all-mail voting election in the state. Pierce County was the last to provide poll voting but has now made the switch to mail ballots.