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Category: Secretary of State
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…

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September 25, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Secretary of State predicts 62 percent voter turnout

Washington’s Secretary of State Kim Wyman has given her crystal-ball number for this year’s general election turnout: 62 percent. It’s a lower figure than the actual turnout for the last two mid-terms — 2010 had 71 percent and 2006 had 65 percent, according to a Secretary of State blog on Wyman’s prediction. But both of those years had U.S….

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August 19, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Our dismal primary turnout: 31 percent

tersely-worded tweet Tuesday evening from the Washington Secretary of State’s office announced the numbers. “All WA counties have now certified their Primary returns. 1.22m ballots, 31.14% turnout — low but among highest in nation this mid-term.” When “low but among highest in nation this mid-term” is the best face you can put on it, you know the numbers are grim. In…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Secretary of State | Topics: David Ammons, primary election, voter turnout

January 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: a different take on Rodney Tom, gender neutral state code

Good Morning. A new take on Rodney Tom conversion? The new leader in the state Senate, he of the Majority Coalition Caucus, is an enigma for some Democrats who wonder how he can call himself a Democrat when he joined with Republicans to form the Republican-leaning group. Republican John Carlson has an

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Comments | More in Education, homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State, State Legislature | Topics: dry cleaning, Gary Alexander, gender neutral language

December 7, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Friday politics: Cheech and Chonged out, second-highest turnout, Colbert for Senate

  Good morning. Happy Friday!   Cheech and Chonged out: I don’t know about you, but the network anchors sounded a little silly as they joked and deployed bad puns about the big party out in Washington state because of our new marijuana law (which took effect Thursday). Anchors like CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield chortled about how many Washingtonians…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State | Topics: cheech and chong, pot legalization, registered voters

November 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: abortion rate at new low, Sec State nails voter turnout, anti-tax pledge loses one

Good Morning. Abortion talk meet abortion fact: All that election season chatter about abortion missed an important factoid that just emerged. Data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and reported by the Washington Post, show the abortion rate has hit an all-time low in America. Irony of ironies, more effective contraception, not the economy…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, homepage, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State | Topics: abortion rate, centers for disease control, Sam Reed

November 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Drew concedes, Wyman prevails in race for secretary of state

Democrat Kathleen Drew has conceded in the race for secretary of state to Republican candidate Kim Wyman. Wyman, former Thurston County auditor, had a narrow lead over Drew in the race to replace longtime incumbent Sam Reed, who is retiring as secretary of state. Reed had been in office since 2000. In a statement, Drew said, “Today, I called…

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November 6, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Dems take early lead for auditor, lt. gov; secretary of state a dead heat

In the race to replace retiring Washington Sate Auditor Brian Sonntag,  Democrat state Rep. Troy Kelley was leading Republican businessman James Watkins by 53 percdent to 47 percent in initial returns. Meanwhile, Democrat Kathleen Drew and Republican Kim Wyman were in a dead heat in the race to replace retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed. With…

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September 17, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Monday briefing: Republican bench; what’s middle class?; Occupy anniversary

Good Morning: Republican bench: It seems premature, but political analysts are looking at the latest, and, for the moment, Democratic-leaning polls, and wondering if Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna might lose to Democrat Jay Inslee in the governor’s race, if Reagan Dunn, another Republican, may come up short in November compared with Democrat Bob Ferguson, in…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, Governor, homepage, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State | Topics: Elway Poll, governor, Jay Inslee

September 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Poll: Gov race stays tight, but Dems lead all down the ballot

A new Elway Poll finds Washington’s gubernatorial contest remains tight, but there is plenty of scary news for Republicans in down-ballot races. The poll of 405 registered voters, conducted Sept. 9-12, found Democrat Jay Inslee leading Republican Rob McKenna, 44 to 41 percent. With the poll’s 5 percentage point margin of error, the finding confirms the race’s…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, Governor, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State | Topics: attorney general's race, Bob Ferguson, Jay Inslee

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