By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
Turnout for Tuesday’s general election could be the highest for a midterm election in 40 years.
Washington state Secretary of State Sam Reed is predicting a 66 percent return of ballots. Roughly 2.4 million of Washington’s 3.6 million voters are expected to participate.
Snohomish County elections officials are predicting a 62 percent turnout.
The ballot has plenty of races and issues to motivate voters, Secretary of State spokesman David Ammons said.
Polls show a tight contest between U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Dino Rossi. The race is attracting national media attention and could be pivotal in determining which party controls the U.S. Senate.
Close campaigns also are unfolding in congressional races, including the 2nd Congressional District contest between Rep. Rick Larsen and Snohomish County Council member John Koster.
“Control of the Legislature is up for grabs and the initiatives are definitely a draw this year,” Ammons said.
The six initiatives tie the modern-day record from 2000. One would have to go back to 1914 to find more. In that year, voters passed Prohibition.
Outcomes in many races might not be known on election night.
Ammons said the state is projecting that 60 percent of the ballots will be counted election night.
Voters mailing in their ballots must make sure they are postmarked no later than Tuesday.
Voters also may return their ballot postage free to any of nine 24-hour ballot drop boxes across Snohomish County.
Voters need to get their ballots turned postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Ballots can be placed without postage in any of nine 24-hour drop boxes across Snohomish County before the deadline. The locations are:
•Arlington Sno-Isle Library, 135 N Washington Ave., Arlington.
•Edmonds Sno-Isle Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds.
•Everett Courthouse Campus, Rockefeller Ave. and Wall St., Everett.
•Lynnwood Sno-Isle Library, 19200 44th Ave., Lynnwood.
•Marysville Sno-Isle Library, 6120 Grove St., Marysville.
•Mill Creek, 159th Pl SE (Post Office traffic island).
•Monroe Sno-Isle Library, 1070 Village Way, Monroe.
•Mukilteo Sno-Isle Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd., Mukilteo.
•Snohomish Sno-Isle Library, 311 Maple Ave., Snohomish.
Ballots can also be brought to the Snohomish County elections office on the first floor of the administration building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett.
If you have any questions, call the elections office at 425-388-3444.
In Island County, voters can drop off ballots at any of four regional ballot drop-off centers between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The locations are:
•Island County Elections Office, 400 N. Main St., Coupeville.
•Camano Island Annex, 121 N. East Camano Drive, Camano Island.
•Oak Harbor School District Administration Building, 350 S. Oak Harbor St., Oak Harbor.
•Trinity Lutheran Church, 18341 SR 525, Freeland.
For information, call the elections office at 360-679-7366.
Where to find results
•Here at www.heraldnet.com
•Snohomish County: www.snoco.org
•Island County: www.islandcounty.net