November 6, 2012 at 10:02 AM
Counting votes in Washington state: What to expect on Tuesday night
The Associated Press and KING5
About 3.9 million people are registered to vote in Washington, and Secretary of State Sam Reed has predicted voter turnout will be at 81 percent, a bit lower than the state’s record of 85 percent in 2008. The historic average is 79 percent. King County, home to about 1 million registered voters, is projecting 87 percent turnout.
Under state law, ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, but voters also have the option of dropping off ballots at local drop boxes. Reed has predicted that up to 60 percent of the expected vote will be counted by election night, leaving another 40 percent of ballots to be counted, either en route by mail or left at the drop boxes counties have set up.
As of Monday afternoon, about 1.8 million ballots had been returned to the state’s 39 county auditors. See KING5′s full story.
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