King County Elections predicts initial count for primary

August 14, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 14, 2010

King County Elections should include about 230,000 ballots in the unofficial count released Election Day — Tuesday — Director Sherril Huff announced Friday.

The elections office had received about 220,000 ballots by Friday. The agency mailed 1.1 million ballots to voters in late July. The elections office estimates a return rate of about 45 percent — or about 495,000 ballots.

“The early returns have been very helpful to us in preparing for Election Day,” Huff said in a statement.  “I’m estimating a count of about 230,000 ballots in the results report on Tuesday night.”

The initial results will be posted on the elections website at 8:15 p.m. Election Day, and updated on subsequent days at 4:30 p.m.

The early results will include ballots mailed during the weekend. Typically, the late ballots do not arrive in time to be included in the first round of results reporting.

The election office reminded voters to sign the oath on the back of the return envelope and to get their ballot in the mail by Aug. 17. The office has also set up drop boxes for voters to return ballots by 8 p.m. Election Day.

“This is also a time when we reach out to voters who have forgotten to sign their ballots or who have a problem with their signature,” Huff said. “So if you are contacted by the elections department, be sure to follow up as soon as possible, even if Election Day has passed.”

Ballots returned on time can still be counted if signature problems can be resolved before the election is certified Sept. 1.

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