Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed is giving voters in our state props. That's because registered voter turnout in Washington tallied 81.25-percent, which Reed guessed Wednesday was likely the highest in the nation - thanks in no small part to the presidential election, and, of course, pot legalization and marriage equality initiatives.
MyNorthwest.com has reported that Washington's voter turnout was, in fact, the highest in the nation. Well done, Washington voters. If you were registered to vote in November's election, there's an eight-in-ten chance you did. So much for widespread apathy.
Reed's pre-election turnout forecast was right on the money - 81 percent. Although many states reported significant falloff from the 2008 levels, Reed said Washingtonians were intrigued by the ballot measures, particularly marriage and marijuana. He noted heavy spending for and against the ballot measures and the hard-fought governor's race.
Reed also had compliments for campaigns and voters' handling of potentially divisive issues of gay marriage and marijuana legalization. The civility began in the Legislature's handling of debate on the same-sex marriage bill, Senate Bill 6239, and the campaign was conducted on a high level, he said.