OLYMPIA — Washington has a record 3.88 million voters registered for the Nov. 6 general election, and the number continues to grow by several hundred a day.
The current total is nearly 150,000 voters higher than the number on the rolls for the state primary in August.
“We’ve never been in this range before,” Katie Blinn, co-director of elections for the Secretary of State’s office, said. “It’s actually growing as we talk.”
Washington’s deadline passed last week to fill out a paper registration form and mail it in, or to register online. But would-be voters can still go to their county elections office in person until Oct. 29, fill out a form and turn it in. Military and overseas voters can continue to register online.
Between the “walk-in” registrations and the paper forms that were mailed before the deadline but are still being processed in some county elections offices, the voter rolls are still growing by several hundred a day, Blinn said.
Her boss, Secretary of State Sam Reed, predicted a “robust” turnout of 81 percent in this election, driven by the presidential race, a close governor’s race, plus congressional and legislative races and “some of the most compelling ballot issues in the country.”
Washington voters have a chance to decide such issues as legalizing same-sex marriage and personal marijuana use, allowing public charter schools and extending supermajority requirements for tax increases.