Politics & Government

More than half expected to turn in ballots

Secretary of State Sam Reed predicted Tuesday that voter turnout will be 51 percent in the state’s general election.

This year’s election follows a record turnout of 85 percent in last year’s presidential-gubernatorial election year. With no statewide contests or congressional battles on the ballot this year, the turnout should be about average for an off-year, Reed said.

Nearly all of the state is voting by mail, including King County, which switched this year. Pierce County has retained some poll sites, but most voters there cast ballots by mail.

Ballots went out over the weekend and must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3.