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Ballot Return Rate Could Reach 85 Percent

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WASHINGTON St-- Ballots are still being counted in parts of Washington, but the Secretary of State says we are close to a record. By Thursday about 3 million ballots have been counted.
There are about 100,000 left to count, which would exceed the 3 million mark for the first time in state history. 

The turnout figure is at 81 percent. They expect to surpass the original prediction of 83 percent once all counties have certified their elections. Final numbers will be tallied and certified by Novemeber 25th. 

Secretary of State Sam Reed will certify the election on December 4th. If turnout is in the 85 percent range that would be a modern record, passing the 84.5 percent turnout back in 1944.

"We're absolutely delighted we've been trying to promote the voting by all age groups, by all ethnic groups, and by everyone. We've tried to make sure people understand our new Top 2 Primary this year," said David Ammons, Communication Director for WA Secretary of State.

Benton and Franklin County Auditors also say there was a record ballot return and this year in Washington nine out of ten people voted by mail, more than ever before.