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It’s Top Two Election Day in Washington State – don’t forget to vote!

Excerpt: August 6th, 2019 is Top Two Election Day! Have you voted? Have you checked in with family and friends to make sure they have voted?
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A stamp shouldn’t be necessary to vote: Let’s keep ballot return envelopes postage-free

Excerpt: We all ought to be able to agree that voting shouldn't be difficult and burdensome. Let's continue to provide prepaid postage on ballot return envelopes.
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Friendly Pacific NW rivalry: Oregon catches — and passes! — Washington’s voter turnout

Excerpt: Oregon has really stepped up its turnout since its last report and has rocketed past Washington to a 49% ballot return rate statewide. Washington hasn't been sitting still, though... its turnout is now up to 47.6%, and should surpass 50% by tonight.
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Voter turnout surges in Washington with just over twenty-four hours to go; Oregon lags

Excerpt: Voter turnout in Washington is strong and getting stronger, while Oregon has some catching up to do. Have you voted? How about your friends?
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It’s Top Two Election Day in Washington State – don’t forget to vote!

Excerpt: Today is Election Day! Have you voted? Have you checked in with family and friends to make sure they have voted?
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Oops, we did it again: Washington sets record for worst-ever general election turnout

Excerpt: For the second time in two years, Washington's November voter turnout has sunk to a new low. Only 37.1% of voters participated in the 2017 general election.
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Will Washington State once again set a new record for low general voter turnout in 2017?

Excerpt: Tomorrow — Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 — is General Election Day across Washington State. Although there are no statewide positions at stake or even statewide initiatives on the ballot this year, five legislative districts are holding special elections — the outcome of which will determine who controls the Senate in 2018. At the same time, […]
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Turnout abysmal across Washington State with twenty-four hours left to vote

Excerpt: Earlier this month, ballots for the August Top Two election (which concludes tomorrow) were mailed to 3,850,467 voters in Washington State. Regrettably, only 541,577 have been returned thus far… an abysmal turnout rate of just 14.1%. No county elections division has seen a majority of ballots issued come back, although some small counties have had […]
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The counting is over: Washington counties certify results of 2016 general election

Excerpt: The counting of ballots in Washington’s 2016 general election has come to an end, with counties certifying the results a full three weeks after election day. King County Elections reported that final voter turnout was 82%, exceeding the statewide average of 78.75% across all thirty-nine counties. “The department certified the results, which officially declared winners […]
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Heads up: King County Elections will be counting ballots *around the clock* this year

Excerpt: Since the advent of vote by mail in Washington State’s largest county several years ago, journalists, activists, and citizens around these parts have become accustomed to a King County Elections results schedule that looks like this: Election Night: 8:15 PM results drop Subsequent days: Additional results posted around 4 or 4:30 PM But this year, […]
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Kim Wyman’s explanation for Washington’s decline in voter turnout doesn’t make sense

Excerpt: Last week, the League of Women Voters of Seattle and King County held a well-attended debate between the two candidates running for Secretary of State this year — Republican incumbent Kim Wyman and Democratic challenger Tina Podlodowski. A key topic discussed at the debate was what to do about voter turnout in Washington State, which […]
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Washington’s voter turnout has been declining under Kim Wyman, data shows

Excerpt: For the past three and a half years, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman has served as the lone Republican in the state’s executive department, having taken over for Sam Reed following the 2012 presidential election. In that time, Washington has experienced an extremely worrying decline in voter participation, culminating in last year’s worst-ever general […]
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Counties certify November general election; 2015 turnout is the worst in state history

Excerpt: Well, it’s official: The 2015 general election has now been certified by Washington State’s thirty-nine counties, and as we projected earlier this month, turnout ended up between 38% and 39% (to be precise, 38.45% statewide), which means it’s officially the worst in recorded state history. The previous low of 40.18% was set in 1985. Below […]
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Washington State will likely set a new record low for general election turnout this year

Excerpt: As of this evening, it’s been one week since Election Night 2015, and the number of ballots still awaiting processing by county elections officials has dwindled to less than thirty-three thousand statewide. Turnout currently stands at 37.44%, and it looks like it will end up under forty percent, well below Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s […]
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