King County to include 520,000 ballots in initial tally

November 6, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6, 2012

King County Elections officials said the initial tally released at about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday should include at least 520,000 ballots.

In the all-mail election, voters can return ballots to designated drop boxes by 8 p.m. The elections office opened a drop box at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Otherwise, ballots must receive a Nov. 6 postmark.

The initial release from King County Elections is the only update for Tuesday.

The elections office plans to release the next round of results by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, and then on subsequent weekdays until the election is certified Nov. 27. Voters can resolve ballot signature issues until Nov. 26.

“This is a record-setting election for King County,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “Not only have we set a new record for number of voters registered this year, we will also have more ballots counted for tonight’s results report than in any previous election, including the 2008 presidential election when we still had polling places.”

In addition to the races for president and governor, Washington voters must also decide federal, statewide, legislative and local contests, plus a series of ballot measures.

In King County, voters must decide Proposition 1 — a property tax levy to renew regional fingerprinting services for police — and elect a sheriff.

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