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Secretary of State Reports Few Problems This Election But Wants Mail-In Ballots Sent In Sooner

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Except for long voter lines and a complicated ballot in Pierce County, Secretary of State Sam Reed says Washington's election went off without a hitch.

About 1 million vote-by-mail ballots remain to be counted.

Reed says he'll continue to ask lawmakers to require that ballots be returned by election day, rather than postmarked on that day.

Pierce County Auditor Pat McCarthy says she doubled staffing at the polls in anticipation of a big election turnout but she acknowledged to the Tacoma News Tribune it wasn't enough.

There were long lines of voters working their way through the special ballot for county races.

It uses a system of ranking first, second and third choices.

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