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November 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM

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King County: 342,444 ballots left to count

Posted by Jonathan Martin

As of 2 p.m. today, King County Elections reported 342,444 ballots still to count. That doesn't include the approximately 5,000 ballots that came in the mail this morning and haven't been processed, nor does it include a mail drop later this afternoon.

Elections spokeswoman Kim van Ekstrom was told that most of the ballots arriving today were post-marked after Election Day, so don't expect the total turnout number - 767,101 as of this afternoon - to change significantly. For those scoring at home, King County has counted 424,657 ballots so far.

That turnout is higher than King County Elections Director Sherril Huff originally predicted. If Secretary of State Sam Reed's statewide prediction of a 66 percent turnout holds, there should be more than 700,000 votes left to count statewide. For those really interested in knowing for sure, feel free to call all 39 counties.

King County Elections expects to tally about 65,000 votes today and 65,000 votes tomorrow. "Our crew can only process as many as we can process," van Ekstrom said, citing the steps to open, verify and tally each ballot.

So far, about 2.6 percent of the ballots have been flagged for missing or mismatched signatures. If a ballot is flagged, the voter gets a letter and a robocall about the problem, and is encouraged to "cure" their ballot with a fresh signature right up until the vote is certified on Nov. 23.

King County has a nifty website to check the status of your ballot.

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