It's election day in Washington. Voters must have ballots dropped off or in the mail by the end of the day in order to have your vote count in the August primary.

Here is what you need to know in King and Snohomish Counties:

KING COUNTY It will be King County's second mail in ballot election. Up for a vote, the County Executive position vacated by Ron Sims.

There are also several mayor jobs, including in Seattle where Mayor Greg Nickels is running for third term. Also in Seattle, voters will decide on a 20-cent fee on plastic bags.

All drop off boxes will close at 8 p.m.

In terms of voter turn-out in King County, the King County Elections Director Sherril Huff has a prediction. She says, "We predicted 33-percent and I'm very, very hopeful that we will reach that and very, very hopeful that those folks who haven't voted yet, will do so and get their ballot back to us."

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY In Snohomish County, there are three county council positions and several city council spots. That's along with the mayors of Lynnwood and Monroe.

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STATE LEGISLATURE For more information from the Secretary of State's office click on the link above.

Republicans, stuck in the minority at the Legislature, are gearing up for a serious run at the only Democrat from rural Eastern Washington in one of three state House races on Tuesday's primary ballot.

The three House positions, each of them east of the Cascades, were vacated before the previous occupant's term expired - two by deaths, and one by a promotion.

Local officials appointed temporary replacements, who must run for the remaining portion of their predecessor's term if they want to keep the job. The primary will narrow the field to the top two vote-getters, who will then compete in the November general election.

The leading contest is in the 16th District, which includes the cities of Pasco and Walla Walla. Incumbent Rep. Laura Grant, D-Walla Walla, is trying to retain her seat as the Legislature's only Eastern Washington Democrat from outside the Spokane area.

Grant, an elementary school teacher, was appointed earlier this year after the death of her father, Bill Grant, who held the post for more than 20 years.

She faces two Republican challengers: Terry Nealey, a former Columbia County prosecutor, and Kevin Young, a farmer and state Transportation Department employee.

A fourth candidate, prison guard David Roberts, is running as a "Reagan Independent" under Washington's choose-your-own party-preference system.

Grant and Nealey are by far the leading fundraisers in the campaign. Legislative Democrats, who have majorities in both the Senate and House, have donated heavily to Grant's campaign. Among Nealey's notable donors are businesses and farmers.

Grant echoes her father's campaign pitch: Rural voters need someone on the inside with the dominant Democratic majority, to ensure their interests aren't just relegated to outsider status.