EPHRATA - Ballot returns in Washington continue to far outpace returns in the 2016 election as its less than two weeks until the Nov. 3 general election.
The secretary of state’s office reported that as of Wednesday, 1,208,238 ballots — about 25 percent — have been returned statewide. In 2016, just 9.9 percent of ballots had been returned in the same timeframe.
In north central Washington, 31.4 percent of registered voters in Adams County have already returned their ballot. In Grant County, 12.4 percent of the ballots have been returned. Chelan and Douglas counties are on par with the statewide return rate as 26.2 percent of ballots have been returned in Chelan County and 24.8 percent in Douglas County.
Election officials are preparing for record turnout in the November election that could surpass the previous record of 84.6 percent in 2008. Secretary of State Kim Wyman has said counties should be prepared for a potential turnout of up to 90 percent.
Voters have until 8 p.m. Nov. 3 to drop their ballot at a dropbox or, if they mail it, it must be postmarked by Election Day. People not yet registered to vote can do so online at votewa.gov through Oct. 26 or in person up until 8 p.m. on Election Day.