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Voter registration in Washington hits a record high

Secretary of State Sam Reed on

The Secretary of State’s office said today voter registration in Washington is at a record high with 3.9 million registered voters. That’s up from 3.63 million voters during the last presidential election in 2008.

Monday was the deadline to register in person at local election offices. Since the primary election in August, about 180,000 people have joined the voter rolls.

Secretary of State Sam Reed on "Inside Olympia"

On Thursday’s edition of “Inside Olympia,” Secretary of State Sam Reed said he expects more than 60 percent of ballots to be counted on election day — up from 55 percent in the past, largely because of improvements in the voting equipment in King County.

“If there is a decisive race or a decisive ballot measure, we’ll know it that night,” Reed told host Austin Jenkins.

But if a race is “neck and neck,” then the results may not be known until the end of the week, when Reed says he expects 90 percent of the votes to be counted. You can watch the full show here.

Reed is predicting an 81 percent turnout for the general election. The historic average for a presidential and gubernatorial year is 79.2 percent.

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