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…More
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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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More