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General Election Ballots Sent Out to Washington Voters Overseas

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Counties all over Washington have already started sending out ballots to military members and overseas voters.  Nearly 50,000 ballots were sent all over the world.

Some counties have even sent out ballots by e-mail or fax.  Secretary of State Sam Reed says this will allow the counties to count all the ballots before the election results have to be certified on November 25.  Reed says, "I'm really pleased because this will make sure the military members and citizens have the opportunity to receive those ballots and get them back in time to be counted, which, in fact, was a problem for us in 2004 and before." 

In the primary, there was only a 25% voter turnout for military and overseas civilians, but Reed expects the turnout for the general election will be over 80%.

Also, a King County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Reed when Democrats tried to sue over gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi's use of GOP as his party designation.  So, ballots will show Rossi prefers the GOP as his party preference. 

All other mail ballots will be sent out by October 17.