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At the blogging desk: Election Night 2009

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Nov. 3, 2009 at 5:02 pm with 2 Comments »
November 3, 2009 5:54 pm

I’ll spend the evening posting here on election results from Pierce and King counties, the statewide ballot props and anything else that sounds interesting.

So will the beat reporters on the races they have been covering. I’m supposed to point out stuff that might not apply solely to one race.

King County, using all-mail voting for the first time, will post results at 8:15 p.m. and that’s it. Close races for county executive and Seattle mayor will have to stay that way until another dump of numbers Wednesday at 4:30 p.m..

Pierce will do better. Its first batch of numbers – the mail ballots that have arrived and been processed – are to be released at 8:30. At 10:30 the first poll ballots will be counted. The rest will come out at midnight and Wednesday at 5 a.m.

Pierce County results can be found here. (Hit refresh each time)

King County results can be found here.

If you have a question or tip, e-mail me at peter.callaghan@thenewstribune.com

Leave a comment Comments → 2
  1. DannnyG says:

    So maybe it is time, for a new law, regarding the counting of ballots.

    When we had polling places the results would be very immediate, as those precincts arrived at the elections office and were tabulated.

    With mail in, we all have to wait for the ballots to be authenticated and then counted. Maybe we could allow the County Auditors to 1). start counting ballots earlier, as in starting the count the morning of election day…but not releasing results until the polls close.

    And 2). hiring more (volunteer) staff and using automated scanners to authenticate signatures on ballots quickly on election night. And buying more counting machines to process those authenticated ballots.

    Democracy is becoming a joke when it take well over a week, or longer, for the ballots to be counted and results released.

  2. jimkingjr says:

    DannyG- County auditors already do everything except “count” on election day. King County will report almost all ballots on hand at 8:15pm, then have nothing more to count until the mail arrives tomorrow. Pierce County, with its mix of mail, poll, and RCV ballots, takes more time to do less. Nothing you suggest would speed the process.

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