Strong Turnout Predicted For Washington Election - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Strong Turnout Predicted For Washington Election

SEATTLE, Wash. - If predictions hold, Washington may have its strongest turnout for a midterm election in 40 years. Secretary of State's office spokesman David Ammons says the secretary of state's office estimates that two-thirds of 3.6 million register voters will have their say in the ballot counting that starts Tuesday.

About 98 percent of registered voters are casting ballots by mail, only Pierce County has a small number of polling places. That could mean long delays in determining winners of close races. Ammons says the red-hot U.S. Senate race, nine ballot issues and at least four close contests for U.S. House seats all have captured voter interest. He says the last time interest was this high for a midterm vote was in 1970, when abortion rights and a proposed state income tax were on the ballot.
      
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