voter turnout

Election 2014
11:10 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Watch Your Mailbox For Ballots, Voter’s Guides

Priscilla Slaughter of Seattle lets out a little cheer and raises her arms in celebration after dropping in her ballot at a ballot drop box Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Election 2014 is less than a month away. 

Ballots will soon be arriving in mailboxes in Washington and Oregon where the election is all vote-by-mail. Idaho voters still go to the polls, but about a quarter of Gem State ballots are cast absentee.

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Election 2013
1:19 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

With Week Left, Ballots Trickling in from 3 Largest Counties

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

With one week until Election Day, voters in Washington’s three largest counties have been slow to return their ballots. But officials also say it’s too early to tell what that means for Election Day.

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voter turnout
10:43 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Low Voter Turnout Forecast for August Primary

Office of the Secretary of State

It's that time of year when life slows down a bit, people go on vacation and they study the voters' guide for the summer primary. What? An election in August?  Yes, Aug. 6 to be exact. Because it's an off-year election with no presidential or gubernatorial candidates in the running, voter participation is predicted to be low.

Matt Barreto, an associate political science professor at the University of Washington, says the lack of interest could be caused by "voter fatigue."

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