Washington election turnout 53 percent



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The turnout from last month’s election in Washington was 53 percent — about 6 percentage points higher than Secretary of State Sam Reed expected.

He says initiatives drew attention to the off-year ballot, which did not have any statewide races for office. It was the first statewide election conducted entirely by mail.

San Juan County had the highest percentage of ballots returned, at nearly 70 percent. King had a turnout of 52 percent, Spokane 57 and Snohomish 52.

Election results will be certified Monday.