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

Excerpt: 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                  Coun­ty Vot­ers […]
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Ballots mailed for 2015 general election across Washington State

Excerpt: Elec­tions offi­cials across Wash­ing­ton State announced today that bal­lots are in the mail to the vast major­i­ty of the state’s three and half mil­lion reg­is­tered vot­ers, fol­low­ing last mon­th’s dis­tri­b­u­tion of bal­lots to over­seas and mil­i­tary vot­ers. “This elec­tion may not have the siz­zle of the pres­i­den­tial-year elec­tion like we’ll have in 2016, but we […]
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