Ballots head to voters as state predicts record turnout

October 11, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 3 p.m. Oct. 11, 2010

King County voters should start to receive ballots and voters’ pamphlets in the mail this week.

In addition to the county voters’ guide, the Secretary of State’s Office has a mailed a guide to state and federal races.

Voting starts as soon as voters receive their ballots. The elections office has 11 ballot drop boxes, including a box at Issaquah City Hall. The county also plans to open accessible voting centers Wednesday for voters with disabilities.

Ballots must be postmarked or dropped off by 8 p.m. Nov. 2, Election Day. Track returned ballots here.

“This election has a record number of ballot measures along with the candidate races, so there’s a lot to consider on both sides of your ballot,” King County Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a news release. “Don’t forget to sign the voter oath on the back of the return envelope to make sure that your ballot is processed.”

The elections office has projected at 68 percent turnout in King County — 69 percent in Seattle and 67 percent in the rest of the county.

Secretary of State Sam Reed has predicted the best midterm election turnout in 40 years — 66 percent.

Reed, the chief elections officer in the state, said participation should exceed the 64.6 percent of 2006, the most recent midterm election. Turnout record 85 percent in 2008, a presidential election year.

“Our election season will soon be underway, and people are clearly fired-up,” Reed said in a news release. “We have a very enthused electorate this year, as demonstrated by the good turnout for the primary, the great interest here and nationally in our U.S. Senate race and good contests up and down the ticket, all across the state of Washington.”

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