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Auditor: Pierce turnout helped by marijuana measure

Post by Kim Bradford on Nov. 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
November 7, 2011 8:08 pm

Brad Shannon of our statehouse bureau reports:

Voter turnout in Pierce County’s first general election run exclusively with mail ballots is running higher than some past elections, and county Auditor Julie Anderson said Tacoma’s Proposition 1 on marijuana crimes is one reason.

“We think is going to bring in a lot of people who normally sit out elections,” Anderson said Friday, estimating turnout would hit 50 percent in tomorrow’s general election. She said the fact the election is also the first vote-by-mail general election for Pierce County is another factor in her prediction.

Pierce County received another 20,352 ballots over the weekend via mail and drop boxes, elections supervisor Mike Rooney said. That brought the total in hand to 114,756 for a 27.6 percent return of 415,786 ballots issued.

Already by Friday, Pierce County’s returns exceeded total returns four days before the election in three of the four previous off-year voting cycles, according to this county web page.

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