Less Than Half of Wash Voters Have Sent Ballots In
By RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press Writer OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - With just days to Election Day, less than half of expected voters have returned their ballots. A county-by-county assessment by The Associated Press found that as of Friday, more than 1.2 million ballots had been returned by the state's 3.6 million voters. Secretary of State Sam Reed has predicted an 83 percent turnout statewide - about 3 million people - so about 40 percent of voters have completed and sent back their ballots. Counties say a steady stream of ballots are coming in daily. The statewide general election turnout average since 1936 is 78.85 percent. The record turnout in modern times was 84.5 percent in 1944. Ballots were sent out Oct. 17, and must be postmarked by Tuesday.
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