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King County certifies 2012 primary election results

Today King County Elections certified the results of the 2012 primary election. Voters returned 443,523 ballots for a turnout of 40 percent. Final results will be posted on the department’s website this evening.

“We just certified our twelfth consecutive election without discrepancies,” said Sherril Huff, Director of Elections. “I’m also pleased to report that voters helped keep election costs down this election by remembering to sign the return envelope and responding promptly to our calls.  We have seen improvement in several key areas where voters can make a big difference in the cost of running elections and making sure more ballots can be opened and counted.”

The Elections Department saw a reduction in the number of challenged signatures of almost 45 percent this election. Extensive outreach efforts that featured local celebrities are credited with contributing to a reduction by half of the number of ballots returned without signatures.

In compliance with state requirements, King County tallied 11 races with write-in votes, a relatively high number of races to require this extra step.

The Elections Department is already preparing for the November general election and citizens should, too. Register to vote or update your voter registration information (name, address and signature) at the Elections web site. Citizens eligible to vote should register by Oct. 8 to vote in the general election. New voters have until Oct. 29 to register in person.

August primary election – By the numbers

Ballots issued....................................... 1,121,772

Registered voters.................................. 1,110,063

Ballots returned....................................... 443,523

Ballots counted....................................... 432,049

Discrepancies...................................................... 0

Voters using AVUs........................................... 274

Ballots returned by email................................. 568

Ballots returned by fax....................................... 96

Ballots returned at drop boxes................... 64,780

Challenged ballots cured............................. 4,990

Ballots with remaining challenges............... 2,453

Returned too late......................................... 8,622

Returned as undeliverable............................ 8,417

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