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November 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Maria Cantwell doesn’t think the mailman will lose your ballot. But she thinks you might.

An advertisement in Sunday’s Seattle Times for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., turned some heads, because it seemed to suggest doubt in the Postal Service.

“Your vote is your right,” the full-page advertisement read. “Don’t let it get lost in the mail.”

Does Cantwell, a two-term senator, think the mailman is losing ballots en masse?

No, according to a campaign spokesman.

But Cantwell is worried that you might lose yours.

“The ad is meant to convey the message that important mail is often lost in the clutter of a bunch of junk,” said Kelly Steele, the spokesman. “And that there’s no more important mail than your ballot, so find it in the stack and get it out the door, so your vote is counted.”

Cantwell is running against state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, in a race that is not expected to be close.

Ballots are due in drop boxes by 8 p.m. Tuesday or postmarked by the same day.

As of Monday morning, King County had already  received 622,000 ballots — 53 percent participation. But only about 60 percent of all ballots statewide are expected to be reported on election night.

Browse the Seattle Times Election Guide here. Explore a map of ballot boxes in King County here. Track your ballot here.

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