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Less Than Half of Wash Voters Have Sent Ballots In

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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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