It's official, King County residents, ya'll are some votin' ass motherfuckers. Election officials are now saying they received around 762,000 ballots in Tuesday's election--that's a whopping 71 percent turnout. Earlier in the week King County Elections Director Sherril Huff had forecasted a 68 percent turnout of registered voters--a huge number by any standard--so with these new figures, Seattle area voters may have finally proven that they don't need Barack Obama on the ballot to line up in droves and practice their civic duties.
The news is no doubt music to the ears of Democratic Sen. Patty Murray who had needed a strong King County turnout in order to make up for the rural counties that broke heavily for Republican challenger Dino Rossi.
She's now ahead of him by a 27,464 votes as of Thursday morning.
It also makes those three hour lines to vote reported at Union Station seem a bit more reasonable.
The election department put out a statement this morning:
"It always makes us happy to see a high level of voter turnout," said Sherril Huff, Elections Director. "With over 145,000 ballots arriving in the mail today alone, this election tested our ability to deal with record volumes of mail and I'm very pleased to say that we successfully got the job done."
Elections originally predicted a 68 percent voter turnout in King County, but has already seen a return of over 71 percent. This includes about 57,000 ballots returned on Election Day to ballot drop boxes throughout the county.
"We added over 50,000 votes to our returns report today," noted Huff. "And we expect to add 65,000 more tomorrow and 65,000 again on Friday. By the end of the week, we should have counted about 72% of the ballots returned in this election."