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Ballot measures top ticket in Wash. election

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Two statewide ballot measures top the ticket Tuesday for Washington state voters.

The focus of this year's off-year election is a referendum on expanded domestic partnership rights for gay and senior couples.

Voters also will decide an initiative to cap government revenue growth. Three state House races are on the ballot in Eastern Washington, and voters will also choose a new Seattle mayor and King County executive.

About 98 percent of the vote is being cast by mail. Pierce County is the only county that still has some polling places.

Mail ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, or dropped off at a designated site. S

ecretary of State Sam Reed expects 51 percent of Washington's 3.5 million voters to take part in Tuesday's election.