Largest county turnout ever in Nov. 2 election

The District 41 State Senator race will undergo a machine recount beginning Dec. 1. The top two candidates, Steve Litzow of Mercer Island and Randy Gordon of Bellevue, are separated by 194 votes (.32 percent), which meets state requirements for a machine recount. According to Katie Gilliam of King County Elections, the race does not qualify for a manual recount.

The county received and processed 786,461 ballots this election, a record number since switching to the all vote-by-mail system in February 2009. Almost 20,000 of those received could not be counted because they were returned too late or the voter did not remedy a signature issue.

The election ended with 100 percent of ballots reconciled and a 71.6 percent turnout in the county, exceeding the 68 percent prediction.

• 1,069,791

County registered voters

• 766,477

Ballots counted

• 786,461

Total ballots returned

• 91,133

Returned at ballot drop boxes

• 7,909

Ballots returned as undeliverable to address on file


Signature challenged

• 10,707

Signature-challenged ballots cured by voters

• 6,581

Ballots returned too late

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