Yes, I’m also having trouble understanding the voting process as it is being documented by the Secretary of State’s office. Let me explain what appears to be going based on my several observations of it.
The link to the Secretary of State’s election returns can be found at http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/
The “voter turnout” tab can be seen by pressing that tab or by clicking http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/Turnout.html
The voter turnout information is broken down into following data information:
Counted to Date
on Hand to
At the top of an alphabetized list of Washington counties is total voter turn out information for all counties. I have reproduced below that list as I copied it sometime around 11:00 PM
|Total||3,731,655||1,168,649||31.32%||08/09/2012 7:12 PM||08/09/2012
I assume the “estimated ballots to be counted” means the number of ballots which remained to be counted. The last time I saw this number today it was about 330,000. So I assume this means approximately a 100,000 or so votes were counted today.
The voting information is also shown for each county.
The time and date remaining to count the “estimated ballots on hand to be processed” by each County is shown under the “Next Ballot Count Date/Time” heading. Interestingly, the number of ballots estimated to be processed for King County has grown larger over time and is now a little over 100,000.
Several small counties have 4 – 25 “estimated number of ballots on hand to be processed”. Curiously, the dates for counting these ballots is sometimes as far out as August 21, 2021. See e.g. Asotin , Grant, and Wahkiakum counties.
All this is interesting, but likely will not make a difference in the race for Position 2 of the Supreme Court. As you know, I conceded this election in a previous blog.
But 220,500 ballots could make a difference in the race for Position 9 of the Supreme Court and other statewide elections.
So I share your desire to better understand how the ballot counting and reporting process works.
As of now the Secretary of State provides the following information regarding the vote totals for Position 2.
Supreme Court – Justice Position 2
Last updated on 08/09/2012 7:12 PM
|Supreme Court – Justice Position 2|
|Total VotesFor an updated version you can click on the following link:|