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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Today is Election Day in Washington — time to vote NO on I‑1366 and YES on I‑1401

The big day is final­ly upon us! Today is Tues­day, Novem­ber 3rd… Elec­tion Day, also known as the last day you can do your civic duty and vote. Tonight we’ll begin to have some idea of who will be gov­ern­ing cities, ports, schools, and coun­ties across Wash­ing­ton State for the next few years (not to men­tion spe­cial dis­tricts).

Regard­less of where you live in Wash­ing­ton, there are two statewide ini­tia­tives to vote on, plus five “advi­so­ry votes” that are bet­ter referred to as Tim Eyman’s push polls. Chances are, you prob­a­bly have a num­ber of local races on your bal­lot too.

If you have already returned your bal­lot, that’s great… thank you for par­tic­i­pat­ing and doing your civic duty! If you haven’t, please plan on tak­ing your bal­lot to the post office or a drop box before tomor­row evening. King Coun­ty Elec­tions has a list of return loca­tions on its web­site. So do these oth­er coun­ties:

If you need help vot­ing on the bal­lot mea­sures, vis­it NPI’s BallotGuide.info. It pro­vides an illus­trat­ed guide to what’s on the front side of your bal­lot.

We urge you to vote NO on Tim Eyman’s I‑1366 and YES on Paul Allen’s I‑1401.

The dead­line to return bal­lots is eight o’clock tonight across the state. Make sure you get your bal­lot to a drop box before then.

If you’re plan­ning on mail­ing your bal­lot from a Unit­ed States Post Office, be aware that the last out­go­ing mail col­lec­tion times may be soon­er than this!

Your bal­lot must be post­marked by the last out­go­ing col­lec­tion time tonight, or tak­en to a drop box by 8 PM. So long as you are in line to deposit your bal­lot in the box by 8 PM, it will count. In King Coun­ty, drop box­es and drop vans can be found at most city halls. To find the clos­est drop box to you, sim­ply sign in to MyVote from the Wash­ing­ton Sec­re­tary of State.

Turnout in Wash­ing­ton State cur­rent­ly stands at around 22%.

Here is a coun­ty-by-coun­ty break­down:

11/3/2015 @ 11:15AM                 
Coun­tyVot­ersReturnedPer­cent­age
TOTAL3,966,277  878,233 22.1%
ADAMS6,180 1,63926.5%
ASOTIN13,323 4,79736.0%
BENTON99,328 19,78319.9%
CHELAN40,567 13,43433.1%
CLALLAM47,374 9,31219.7%
CLARK251,348 60,32224.0%
COLUMBIA2,621 1,07741.1%
COWLITZ59,411 12,54821.1%
DOUGLAS19,595 5,37927.5%
FERRY4,567 1,57334.4%
FRANKLIN30,460 5,43317.8%
GARFIELD1,540 73547.7%
GRANT36,592 10,43028.5%
GRAYS HARBOR38,621 12,42632.2%
ISLAND50,338 15,30230.4%
JEFFERSON22,949 9,01639.3%
KING 1,193,711 231,97619.4%
KITSAP153,824 36,92024.0%
KITTITAS22,192 5,25423.7%
KLICKITAT13,307 3,28524.7%
LEWIS43,703 13,22230.3%
LINCOLN6,865 2,89442.2%
MASON35,711 10,89630.5%
OKANOGAN21,434 6,01428.1%
PACIFIC13,504 5,22138.7%
PEND OREILLE8,414 3,08436.7%
PIERCE449,340 80,91418.0%
SAN JUAN12,151 4,58437.7%
SKAGIT69,069 17,50825.3%
SKAMANIA7,094 2,05028.9%
SNOHOMISH421,389 60,32414.3%
SPOKANE285,258 84,17129.5%
STEVENS29,046 7,39925.5%
THURSTON163,893 38,68023.6%
WAHKIAKUM2,964 1,05635.6%
WALLA WALLA32,176 9,82130.5%
WHATCOM128,345 38,20329.8%
WHITMAN20,353 4,92724.2%
YAKIMA107,720 26,62424.7%
TOTAL3,966,277  878,233 22.1%

Tonight, we will be bring­ing you live results and and analy­sis through Pacif­ic NW Por­tal, which cel­e­brat­ed its ten year anniver­sary last Jan­u­ary.

At elec­tion time, the Por­tal offers a care­ful­ly curat­ed results matrix that shows all the impor­tant con­tests and mea­sures togeth­er. You don’t need to click fifty times to get results for dif­fer­ent coun­ty, city, port, and school board races because we’ve put all the hot races on one page into a com­pact grid.

To make it eas­i­er to scan results and to pre­vent the grid from get­ting too text-heavy, we show an image of each can­di­date or bal­lot mea­sure cam­paign.

If you’ve nev­er looked at elec­tion results this way before, you’ll be pleased at how much you can see in one view!

We will begin our live elec­tions cov­er­age lat­er on today, once the evening rolls around. Let us know if there are any races you’re inter­est­ed in, or if you have an elec­tion relat­ed ques­tion you’d like NPI to try and answer.

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