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Record turnout in 2018 general election


Last updated 12/7/2018 at Noon

More voters participated in the 2018 general election than in any Washington state midterm before, according to Secretary of State Kim Wyman. There were 3,133,448 ballots counted.

In Snohomish County, the voter turnout was 70.58 percent, with 325,869 ballots out of 461,728 returned.

Statistics compiled by the Secretary of State's office show that general election turnout approached two additional participation records.

The 71.83 percent of all registered voters who cast ballots in 2018 nearly topped the midterm record turnout of 71.85 percent set in 1970. Participation by 1,101 more voters would have set a new turnout record.

The total number of votes cast was the third-most in state history, behind only the presidential elections of 2012 and 2016. According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, about 60 percent of the total population of Washingtonians eligible to vote participated in the general election, which was among the nation’s top participation rates.

Wyman said that this year’s successful efforts to register more eligible Washingtonians to vote, which can be done online at MyVote.wa.gov, by mail, or in person at county offices, helped produce the historic vote totals.

Local races

There were no last-minute surprises after the Snohomish County Canvassing Board certified results of the Nov. 7 general election.

In the closest race affecting Edmonds and Esperance residents, Edmonds resident Rebecca Wolfe defeated David Chan in the bid for

Chan is the former Fire District commissioner who in March 2017 was caught on microphone making racist remarks at a commissioners’ meeting – which he later apologized for.

After the initial tally for a six-year term in Commissioner District 2, Wolfe held a slim lead (88,332, 50.55 percent) over Chan (87,692, 49.09 percent). But the final vote showed Wolfe’s lead had expanded to 7,201 votes, 51.3 percent to 48.7 percent.

Results did not change in other races.

Edmonds resident Maralyn Chase’s eight years as a state senator has soundly come to an end in the 32nd District, which serves the southern portion of Edmonds. She will be replaced by fellow Democrat and Shoreline Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon..

Another Edmonds resident, Democrat Strom Peterson, handily won a third term as a state representative, position 1, in the 21st District.

Among other winners were Democrat incumbent Sen. Marko Liias in the 21st District and incumbent Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self for position 2 in the 21st District.

Back to the 32nd District, incumbent Democrat Cindy Ryu held onto the position 1 seat while newcomer

Lauren Davis, a Democrat, won a seat for position 2.

Incumbents Maria Cantwell retained her U.S. Senate seat, and Democratic incumbent Pramila Jayapal maintained her District 7 Congressional seat.


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