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Mercer Island General Election Turnout 87.3 Percent

King County Elections officials tallied 15,261 votes from Mercer Island as it certified the final results from the 2012 General Election. Countywide, 978,377 (83.58 percent) of registered voters cast valid ballots in the general election.

King County Elections certified the results of 2012 general election on Tuesday afternoon, with 15,261 votes from Mercer Island — a 87.3 percent turnout, just shy of the 2008 high-water mark of 87.8.

Nearly 1,000 more voters have been added to local voter rolls and surpassed the previous Island high of 14,551 in 2008.

Countywide, voters returned 993,908 ballots for an overall turnout of 85 percent, with 978,377 (83.58 percent) of those ballots validated and counted in the final results report. Final results are available on the department’s website.

A registered voter turnout of 83.58 percent nearly equals the 2008 record of 83.9 percent. In absolute numbers, 978,377 is the highest-ever vote tally for King County Elections.

“Voters responded to our messaging this year and returned their ballots early,” said Sherril Huff, Director of Elections. “We counted a record high of 556,000 ballots on election night and the number of ballots received too late to process was down over two hundred percent.”

Local results for how Mercer Island voted in local, county, statewide and national races will be made available on Tuesday, Dec. 4 when elections officials release precinct level results. In 2008,

Voters also improved performance on signature-related issues which resulted in significantly fewer ballots requiring costly follow up.

One race, for the District 47 House of Representatives seat, qualified for a mandatory machine recount that will be conducted on Friday, Nov. 30. State Rep. Mark Hargrove (R-Covington) currently leads challenger Bud Sizemore by just 157 votes, or .3 percent of votes cast.

Citizens can register to vote or update their registration at the Elections web site by Jan. 14 to vote in the next election, a special election, on Feb. 12.

General election by the numbers

Mercer Island Registered Voters .. 17,490

Mercer Island Valid Ballots Cast ... 15,261

King County Ballots issued........... 1,216,246

Registered voters...................... 1,170,638

Ballots returned............................ 993,908

Ballots counted............................. 978,377

Ballots cast on AVUs........................ 4,463

Ballots returned by email................. 4,638

Ballots returned by fax........................ 806

Ballots returned at drop boxes... 208,105

Challenged ballots cured.............. 13,237

Ballots remaining challenged......... 8,900

Returned too late.............................. 3,068

Returned as undeliverable........... 11,002

(Ed. Note: The information in the article was supplied by King County Elections.)

Linda Todd November 28, 2012 at 04:52 AM
I just felt a pleasant rush of civic pride to know about our community's excellent turnout and voter participation in this most recent election. Linda Todd
Kendall Watson November 28, 2012 at 06:04 AM
It has to be one of the highest turnouts in the state, though (holy smokes!) San Juan County had a 89.4 percent registered voter turnout (the county's population is similar in size to Mercer Island).
Thomas Imrich November 28, 2012 at 06:25 PM
High Civic Pride? When key issues are decided behind closed doors, bundled or obscured to mask real choices, or are not even put on the ballot in the first place? And when whole countries like Australia can turn out 96%, Belgium 91% and even Turkey turns out 92%. Maybe time for some for some data, analysis, and a broader view?
Kendall Watson November 28, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Hmm, not sure about Belgium and Turkey, but pretty sure Australians face fines if they don't vote in elections. So there's that. We are somewhat unique as a nation for leaving it up to states to offer citizens the initiative and referendum process, a form of "direct democracy" that doesn't really exist in many other places. My 2-cents.
Kendall Watson November 28, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I should also remind our readers that the turnout is based on registered voters, not Voting Age Population (VAP), which is what the US Census uses when it comes out with its report on the election. In the 2010 Census, Mercer Island had 18,337 residents that were age 15 and older, and probably 800 of those were under age 18. So roughly 17,500 registered voters means nearly all of Mercer Island's VAP is registered — a remarkable level of engagement. But you raise an interesting question, Tom, what happened to those 2,100 Mercer Island ballots that weren't cast?
Thomas Imrich November 28, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Good points Kendall. I actually wasn't aware of the Australian law. Sounds like there are a heap of folks up there (or down there, depending on which map of the solar system one uses), who are in a heap of trouble for not voting ??!!! O:)
Kendall Watson November 29, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Interesting. Belgium and Turkey also have "compulsory voting" laws : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_voting
Connie Carson November 29, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Not only does Australia have compulsory voting, NON citizens are included it they are permanent residents.
Kendall Watson November 29, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Now that is darn interesting. Just imagine if that were the case in the USA. Would it put a different spin on the immigration debate?

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