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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

King County November 7th returns show little change; only 17,783 ballots tallied

King County Elections has just updated the results from early this morning with with newly tabulated ballots, and it doesn't look like there has been much of a change in any of the key races or ballot measures.

And there's more bad news: Alec Fisken slipped a bit in his Port race and there is a very real possibility he will lose to Republican Bill Bryant.

The numbers are more solid and definite, and although nothing will be set in stone until certification, it's looking more and more like it was a pretty bad night. Perhaps the dismal returns will serve as a collective splash of cold water to progressives and Democrats across Washington and especially in King County.

And, though it's not much of a consolation, it's nice to see that local consultant Michael Grossman's sleazy attacks on behalf of his clients Bob Edwards and David Della are backfiring spectacularly.

Perhaps Gael Tarleton and Tim Burgess' victories will teach him a lesson.

UPDATE: For whatever reason, the county didn't tabulate very many ballots today. So there is still a good opportunity for some results to shift:
King County Elections today wrapped their second day of ballot counting and added 17,783 additional ballots to vote totals, which represents all ballots on hand ready to be tabulated. Today’s mail brought in an additional 76,000 absentee ballots.

Elections Director Sherri Huff said staff will work as needed over the holiday weekend to process and tabulate the estimated 150,000 ballots on hand left to count. This number does not include ballots yet to be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.
It appears turnout may not be as dismal as early mail-in statistics suggested. A lot of people voted late this year, at least in King County.

The number of ballots received by the Elections Division speaks to that. It's a large number, and on top of yesterday's total, it's huge.

UPDATE II: Apparently, we're actually at 199,000 estimated ballots on hand left to count, according to revised numbers from King County. There are at least half a million ballots statewide uncounted.


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