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Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Voter turnout in Washington State inches towards double digits, with one day to go

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                 
Coun­tyVot­ersReturnedPer­cent­age
TOTAL3,966,277  750,365 18.9%
ADAMS6,180 1,41822.9%
ASOTIN13,323 3,96429.8%
BENTON99,328 18,69018.8%
CHELAN40,567 11,85929.2%
CLALLAM47,374 9,31219.7%
CLARK251,348 48,33319.2%
COLUMBIA2,621 91735.0%
COWLITZ59,411 10,29517.3%
DOUGLAS19,595 4,56323.3%
FERRY4,567 1,43831.5%
FRANKLIN30,460 5,43317.8%
GARFIELD1,540 58037.7%
GRANT36,592 9,47525.9%
GRAYS HARBOR38,621 10,96428.4%
ISLAND50,338 14,89729.6%
JEFFERSON22,949 8,12935.4%
KING * as of 10311,193,711 181,28415.2%
KITSAP * as of 1030153,824 29,69619.3%
KITTITAS22,192 5,25423.7%
KLICKITAT13,307 2,31817.4%
LEWIS43,703 11,97527.4%
LINCOLN6,865 2,31933.8%
MASON35,711 9,51926.7%
OKANOGAN21,434 6,01228.0%
PACIFIC13,504 4,80335.6%
PEND OREILLE8,414 2,86834.1%
PIERCE449,340 80,91418.0%
SAN JUAN12,151 4,01533.0%
SKAGIT69,069 14,85721.5%
SKAMANIA7,094 1,65023.3%
SNOHOMISH421,389 60,32414.3%
SPOKANE285,258 68,58224.0%
STEVENS29,046 5,93920.4%
THURSTON163,893 29,45118.0%
WAHKIAKUM2,964 88129.7%
WALLA WALLA32,176 8,45026.3%
WHATCOM128,345 33,42526.0%
WHITMAN20,353 4,23720.8%
YAKIMA107,720 21,32519.8%
TOTAL3,966,277  750,365 18.9%

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%.

If you have not vot­ed yet, be sure to get your bal­lot in! We’ve got rec­om­men­da­tions up on Bal­lot­Guide if you need help nav­i­gat­ing the bal­lot mea­sures.

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