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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

November 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Washington voters snooze – turnout lowest in a decade

Even with ballots delivered right to their mailboxes, most Washington voters didn’t bother to participate in this year’s election. Statewide turnout was at 44 percent as of Friday — the lowest in a decade. That could tick up above 45 percent once all the votes are finally counted. Either way, voter participation this year looks to…

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August 20, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Final primary turnout in King County a meager 29 percent

Maybe they were bored, or distracted by summer vacation. Whatever the cause, most voters in King County sat out the recent primary election. Just 29 percent of the county’s 1.2 million registered voters returned ballots in the Aug. 6 election, according to King County Elections, which certified the final election results Tuesday. Statewide turnout was…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2013 Seattle mayor's race, voter turnout

July 10, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Seattle’s mayoral primary forecast: sparse turnout, older voters

Seattle’s mayoral primary is just around the corner. Ballots will be mailed on July 17 for the Aug. 6 election. But how many voters will take a break from our short season of sunshine and festivals to participate? Look for turnout to be relatively low  — and dominated by older voters. King County Elections is unofficially estimating a…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2013 Seattle mayor's race, voter turnout

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 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: counties with highest voter turnout, Pierce Co. voting, Nate Silver in Doonesbury

Happy Day Before Turkey Day. One for the number nerds: Amid all the pre-election surmising about which Washington counties might have the highest — highest! — turnout, one expert in the Secretary of State’s office quipped that with marijuana legalization on the ballot, a good bet is that voters in Jefferson and San Juan counties’ woulds…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Governor, homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: chris vance, crosscut, governor's race

July 13, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Friday briefing: primary election enthuse-o-meter; busy calendar; House, Senate control may hold

Good morning. Happy Friday. Secretary of State Sam Reed has taken our collective temperature for the upcoming August primary election and concluded we are, well, warmer than normal. Reed predicts better-than-usual turnout for the Top 2 primary that begins next week. Reed bets there will be 46 percent turnout, compared to the 43 percent average for…

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