Politics & Government

Election turnout looking lower than predicted 62 percent in Washington

State elections officials no longer think voter turnout will hit 62 percent. That was the relatively low target predicted by Secretary of State Kim Wyman for the mid-term election, which lacks a U.S. Senate race to bring out the voters.

Wyman now thinks turnout may fall in the 50 percent to 60 percent range, according to David Ammons, spokesman for the elections agency.

As of 4 p.m., 1.33 million of the state’s 3.9 million voters had returned ballots in the all-mail election.

Returns for the election will be posted soon after 8 p.m. at the state elections web site and at county auditors’ sites – here for Thurston County and here for Pierce County.

State elections director Lori Augino expects 95 percent of the eventual vote will be counted and posted by Friday.