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November 5, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Monday briefing: mail voting woes, heavy-duty voter contact, Romney and Sandy

Good morning:

Almost show time: Election Day, at long last, is Tuesday. Get ready for a fair amount of grousing about slow ballot counting; ballots late, lost or missing; and everything else you can blame on various elections departments. Here’s a doozy. Seattle Weekly  wonders  aloud if the state’s all mail ballot system increases domestic violence.  The argument seems a little far-fetched, but worth reading.

Heavy-duty voter contact: How many times did your phone ring this past weekend with robo-calls and live person calls about close races in our state? We received four. This seems to be a most scientific election with a heavy get-out-the-vote effort on both sides. I have a voter from my house who has moved to California and established residency there. She votes there. But she probably forgot to tell King County Elections she no longer lives here.  The phone not only rang for this college student with an outstanding ballot, there also was a visit from the Approve Referendum 74 same-sex marriage crowd looking for this “missing” voter.

Romney and Sandy: Weekend Politico has a piece about a Republican Plan B. If Republican Mitt Romney loses Tuesday, the GOP plans to blame that blasted hurricane/superstorm.

Secretary of State’s fun facts: The  numbers in Tuesday election. Also known as, hope you have the patience to wait until Friday to know who/what won some of the closest contests. A few numbers for your perusal:

There are 3,910,190 active registered voters in Washington.

Over 178,000 registered or reactivated since the August primary.

Approximately 60,000 military and overseas voters.

Ballot return rate about 38 percent as of Thursday, Nov. 1.

May indicate an overall turnout above the 81 percent prediction from the Secretary of State. (He was a little over-optimistic in the primary election.)

Here’s the most/least fun fact of all: Election night returns will reflect about 60 percent of all ballots eventually counted in the election. About 90 percent of ballots will be counted by Friday.

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