Voter turnout in the 2015 general election is slowly increasing as the deadline to return ballots nears, elections officials are reporting.
As of this afternoon, 750,000 ballots had been received by Washington’s thirty-nine county election offices which amounts to 18.9 percent of those issued.
Here is the breakdown by county…
|11/2/2015 @ 1:45PM|
|KING * as of 10⁄31||1,193,711||181,284||15.2%|
|KITSAP * as of 10⁄30||153,824||29,696||19.3%|
As you can see, tiny Garfield County has had the best turnout so far, with 37% of ballots returned. But it is home to only 1,540 registered voters. That is less than one neighborhood in Seattle or Spokane. Jefferson, Columbia, and Pacific counties each have about 35%, which is pretty decent.
Of the bigger counties, Whatcom and Spokane have the best turnout so far, with 26% and 24% respectively, trailed by Clark at 19.2%.
The state’s three largest counties are all sadly below the statewide average. Pierce is doing the best with 18%. King is lagging behind at 15.2%. Snohomish, meanwhile, has the dishonor of being the worst in the state with 14.3%.
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