Tuesday is the deadline to have a ballot postmarked or returned to an official ballot drop-off site.
Secretary of State Sam Reed is predicting a 47 percent ballot return, with roughly half of those to be processed and reported by the counties on election night. Other ballots will be in the courthouse, but not yet processed, and others will still be in the mail – including those from military and overseas voters. In order to be counted, the signature on each ballot envelope must match the one on file for the voter. This is a labor-intensive process, but very important in combating voter fraud.
Returns will be available starting after 8 p.m. Tuesday, and will be updated instantly as counties report in their results. Most counties, including King, will report only once on election night. Site will be www.vote.wa.gov.