King County voter turnout exceeds pre-election estimates

November 3, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 5:55 p.m. Nov. 3, 2010

Ballots continue to arrive at King County Elections’ Tukwila headquarters, but the county has already beat pre-election turnout estimates.

The office predicted 68 percent turnout, but turnout — fueled by interest in a hot U.S. Senate race, plus statehouse races and a slew of ballot measures — has already surpassed 71 percent. The total includes about 57,000 ballots returned to ballot drop boxes on Election Day.

The elections headquarters has received most of the ballots postmarked by the Election Day deadline, totaling more than 762,000.

“It always makes us happy to see a high level of voter turnout,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. “With over 145,000 ballots arriving in the mail today alone, this election tested our ability to deal with record volumes of mail and I’m very pleased to say that we successfully got the job done.”

Expect the next round of election results to be released at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Find complete King County results here. Voters can track returned ballots here.

“We added over 50,000 votes to our returns report today,” Huff said. “And we expect to add 65,000 more tomorrow and 65,000 again on Friday.  By the end of the week, we should have counted about 72 percent of the ballots returned in this election.”

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