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King County Elections

King County Elections
919 Southwest Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057-2906

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Weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 27, 2012

King County Elections certified general election results

Mandatory recount in order for 47th District House race

King County Elections certified the results of 2012 general election today. Voters returned 993,908 ballots for a final turnout of 85 percent, with 978,377 of those ballots tabulated in the final results report. Final results are available on the department’s website.

“Voters responded to our messaging this year and returned their ballots early,” said Sherril Huff, Director of Elections. “We counted a record high of 556,000 ballots on election night and the number of ballots received too late to process was down over 76 percent.”

Voters also improved performance on signature-related issues which resulted in significantly fewer ballots requiring costly follow up. 

One race, for the District 47 House of Representatives seat, qualified for a mandatory machine recount that will be conducted on Friday, Nov. 30 Tuesday, Dec. 4

Citizens can register to vote or update their registration at the Elections web site by Jan. 14 to vote in the next election, a special election, on Feb. 12.

General election by the numbers

  • Ballots issued : 1,216,246
  • Registered voters : 1,170,638
  • Ballots returned : 993,908
  • Ballots counted : 978,377
  • Ballots cast on AVUs : 4,463
  • Ballots returned by email : 4,638
  • Ballots returned by fax : 806
  • Ballots returned at drop boxes : 208,105
  • Challenged ballots cured : 13,237
  • Ballots remaining challenged : 8,900
  • Returned too late : 3,068
  • Returned as undeliverable : 11,002

    Edited November 29, 2012 to correct a statistic and update recount date.

    More information

    Election results

    Media contact: 
    Kim van Ekstrom
    Chief Communications Officer

    Barbara Ramey
    Communications Specialist