WA officials predict 81 percent voter turnout for General Election

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed predicts a voter turnout of 81 percent in the General Election that is currently underway.

Reed says voters will be attracted by highly competitive races for president and governor, tight races for Legislature and Congress, and some of the most compelling ballot measures in the country, including the legalization of marijuana and same sex marriage, and establishing charter schools.

Washington’s historic average turnout for a residential-gubernatorial year election since 1952 is 79.2 percent. The record for voter turnout is 84.6 percent, set in 2008.

Washington has over 3.85 million registered voters – an all-time high – and more are expected to be added, since new registrations are still being accepted in-person at county elections offices. About 120,000 new registrations have been added since the August primary.

This year marks the first presidential/gubernatorial election conducted entirely by mail in Washington state.

On Wednesday, counties started mailing out ballots, which must be postmarked no later than Nov. 6.  County ballot drop-boxes are open until 8 p.m. on Election night.

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