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October 29, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Nearly 300,000 ballots already received by King County

More than a week remains before the deadline for Washington voters to send in ballots for the all-mail Nov. 6 election.

But hundreds of thousands of people in King County have already put their ballots in the mail or drop boxes. Call them the “decided” voters.

About 280,000 ballots had been received by King County Elections as of Monday morning, according to spokeswoman Kim van Ekstrom. That’s more than a quarter of the roughly 1 million ballots King County expects to be cast.

King County is projecting 87 percent voter turnout. That’s substantially higher than the statewide projection of 81 percent turnout by Secretary of State Sam Reed, and higher than other nearby counties. Pierce County, for example, is projecting 80 percent. King County’s voter turnout in 2008 was 84 percent.

But van Ekstrom said so far, King County’s high turnout prediction is holding up based on the votes already arriving by mail.  “We’re a little ahead of where we thought we would be,” she said. The county had 60,000 new voter registrations since June, she added.

Statewide turnout hit an all-time record of nearly 85 percent in the 2008 election.

Snohomish County reported more than 80,000 ballots in hand as of 11 a.m. Monday morning. And Pierce County reported more than 93,000 ballots as of Monday afternoon.

Ballots must be dropped off or postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 6 to be valid.

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