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Why ballot counting seems to take so long

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SEATTLE — If there was any doubt, Election 2012 has confirmed it: Washington is the slowest vote-counting state in the country. As of Thursday night, 30 states and the District of Columbia had counted virtually 100 percent of their ballots, 12 states had tabulated 99 percent and everybody else — including Washington’s vote-by-mail sibling, Oregon — were hovering around 95 percent or higher.

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