by Geov Parrish
Nationally, Tuesday’s election pretty much went as polls suggested they would. With Democrats and Republicans highly motivated to vote this year, 2018’s midterms have shattered all kinds of national election turnout records for a non-presidential year. In Washington State, however, the 1970 record, which topped a whopping 70 percent, remains unchallenged. But with that enthusiasm, far more people than usual voted early: Almost half of the state’s 4.3 million registered voters had their ballots counted with the state’s first release of election totals on Tuesday night. That will likely be at least two-thirds of the final total of voters. That means that candidates with a significant first-night lead in key races will be difficult to overcome as more ballots are counted.
Continue reading King County Swung Left, Statewide Measures Were Split, and Many Races Remain Too Close to Call
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King County Commemorates National Voter Registration Day
King County Elections Director Julie Wise wants residents to celebrate National Voter Registration Day in just the way you would expect: by registering to vote. She is calling on King County residents who have not yet registered to register online, by mail or in-person at the King County Elections office.
Continue reading News Gleams: Voter Registration Day and Washington CAN! Candidates Forum
Changes to District Council System
Drastic changes to the city’s District Council system are expected after Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order earlier today. Murray says that the order will bring about greater equity to the city’s system for promoting public engagement among residents of Seattle’s neighborhoods. Continue reading News Gleams: District Councils Hit Reset, Ballots Coming, SPOG President Leaving