General election by the numbers

General election by the numbers
Campaign 2012

2012 General Election

Interactive Voter's Guide | Local PoliticsNational Politics

3,910,190 active registered voters in Washington.

  • Over 178,000 registered or reactivated since the August Primary.
  • Approximately 60,000 military and overseas voters

Ballot return rate about 38% as of Thursday, Nov. 1.

  • May indicate an overall turnout above the 81% prediction.

Election night returns will reflect about 60% of all ballots eventually counted in the election.

  • About 90% of ballots will be counted by Friday.

Close races will remain close; clear winner may not be known until Friday.

Counties certify on Tuesday, Nov. 27.  State will certify Wednesday, Dec. 5.

What is on the ballot?


8 statewide ballot measures

  • Same-sex marriage
  • Legalization of marijuana
  • Charter schools
  • Taxes

U.S. Senate

10 Congressional races

  • Special election to fill the vacancy in the 1st District
  • Open seats in the 1st, 6th and 10th District

9 statewide executive races

  • Open seats in 4 races

98 state House races

26 state Senate races

Judicial races: Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Superior Court

County offices

Local ballot measures

What are people asking?

How do I return my ballot?

  • In a ballot drop box by 8:00 pm Election Day.  Locations available at
  • By mail with a postmark no later than Election Day.  Check the pick-up time on the box if mailing on Tuesday.

How do I get a replacement ballot?

  • Contact your county elections office by phone, email or website.  This close to the election, many offices are issuing ballots electronically.

What are the Advisory Votes?

  • First time on the ballot, created in Initiative 960 in 2007.

Language dictated by Initiative 960 is very confusing, little information available in the Voters’ Pamphlet.

Is the Voters’ Pamphlet available online?

Data from Washington Secretary of State