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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

October 27, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Voters in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties taking their sweet time to vote

About one in 10 people who have received a ballot in the mail this fall has returned it so far, according to the Washington Secretary of State’s office. That means about 420,000 ballots of about 3.9 million mailed out have been returned.

But that number varies widely by county. More than 20 percent of voters in Columbia (25.2 percent), Jefferson (21.7 percent) and Pacific (22.7 percent) counties have returned their ballots.

Meanwhile, fewer than 10 percent of voters in the bigger counties — King (9.3 percent) and Pierce (8.9 percent) and Snohomish (7.1 percent) — have returned their ballots, according to the numbers.

Check out the numbers for each county here, which the Secretary of State’s office told me will be updated daily through the election period.

David Ammons, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, told me this is the office’s first time collecting comprehensive data through the election period, so there’s no easy way to compare this with previous elections at a similar point in time.

Ballots are due Nov. 4.

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