King County adds almost 71,000 ballots to tally

November 5, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 5, 2010

King County Elections added almost 71,000 ballots to the tally Thursday afternoon, as the U.S. Senate race reached a coda and the arithmetic changed for local legislative races.

The elections office added 70,821 votes to the report to bring the total number of ballots counted to 495,478.

The office has received almost 770,000 ballots so far. The office predicted 68 percent turnout, but turnout — fueled by interest in close federal and state races, plus nine ballot measures — had surpassed 71 percent by Wednesday.

Officials expect a trickle of ballots to continue to arrive at the elections headquarters in the weeks ahead. Only ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 can be included in the total.

“We’re working hard to get the tremendous number of ballots we’ve received processed, and we’ve made great progress so far,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement Thursday. “We know that everyone is waiting for more results but this is a very careful and deliberate process, and each step is in place to ensure that our elections are accountable and secure.”

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

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