Primary election ballots go out in the mail today from Cowlitz County Elections, and should be in your mailbox over the next few days. Voters will be selecting finalists for the general election in November, with the “top two” votegetters in each race moving on from the primary to the general election. There are a number of hotly-contested races on the ballot, including the race for the U. S. Senate seat currently held by Patty Murray, and the crowded race for the Third District U. S. House seat that Brian Baird is vacating. There’s also a full field for the 18th District State House seat that Jaime Herrera is leaving, as she makes a run for that Congressional position. A number of other races will appear on the ballot, but won’t actually be decided until the general election in November. The Castle Rock Library Bond is on this ballot, along with a Vancouver Regional Library measure in the Woodland area. Ballots must be returned by 8 pm on Tuesday, August 17th to be counted. They can be mailed until Monday, August 16th, or drop-off sites are being set up in Kelso, Longview, Woodland, Castle Rock and Kalama. If you have questions, or if your ballot doesn’t arrive, contact Cowlitz County Elections at 577-3005, or check their website.