Liias will have to wait to know if he’ll have an opponent

  • By Evan Smith, Herald writer
  • Thursday, August 9, 2012 8:24pm

Incumbent Democratic 21st District State Rep. Marko Liias ran unopposed in the Tuesday primary, but he may get an opponent in the general election.

That’s because Republican Kevin Morrison has registered as a write-in candidate.

As a registered write-in candidate, Morrison will have votes counted even with minor misspellings or if the party preference is incorrect or missing.

Morrison can qualify for the general election by finishing second with at least 1 percent of the primary votes.

As of the Thursday vote count, Liias had 94.58 percent of the votes, with 5.42 percent for write-ins. It will take a hand recount for county elections officials to know whether enough are for Morrison.

Officials will continue to count votes through certification Aug. 21. Officials release the next returns Friday afternoon.

As of Thursday, county officials had counted 26.34 percent of the ballots they had sent out, although 35.18 percent had arrived at the County Auditor’s Office, still far less than the expected 44 percent.

Also unopposed in the 21st District was incumbent Democratic Rep. Mary Helen Roberts, who had 97 percent of the vote with no announced opponent.

The 21st District includes most of Edmonds, north Lynnwood, all of Mukilteo and part of south Everett.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.

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