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Survey Ranks Washington 13th in Voter Turnout

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WASHINGTON--  A new survey by The Committee for Citizen Awareness says Washington is ranked 13th in the nation in terms of voter turnout for the 2004 election.

Voter registration has already hit record highs this year.  In washington roughly half the state's population is registered.  And percentage wise, that number may even be higher.

But how does that compare to a state of a similar size like Massachussetts?  The Secretary of Commonwealth estimates the Baystate has over four million registered voters.

With so much hype leading up to this year's election can Washington jump in the ranking?  Secretary of State Sam Reed says it's possible, in large part because of the race for governor.

"The ingredients of our election are such that we're going to see one of the best states in the country in terms of our turnout," insists Reed.  He says he's not too discouraged after a lower-than-expected turnout in the primary election.

And despite record numbers across the board, the survey still says the U.S. is well behind other developed countries in voter turnout.  It says roughly 60% of U.S. voters showed up in 2004, compared to other countries like Italy, where on average close to 90% vote.