Voter Participation
6:08 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Washington Breaks Own Record For Registered Voters

A new record's been set in Washington state for the number of registered voters, 3,922,537. The Secretary of State's office said that's even higher than the last milestone set six years ago when there was intense voter interest.

The Secretary of State's office said the current number of registered voters is even higher than the last milestone set six years ago when there was intense voter interest during the 2008 presidential election.
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In that presidential election year the number of registered voters was about 3.6 million. Dave Ammons is with the Washington Secretary of State's office.

He said even though voter registrations usually drop in an off-year like this one, population growth may just be part of what's increasing voter interest.

"Also I think there's a sense that people are engaged, interested in local races that are on the ballot this year, they're interested in the gun initiatives, pro and con, and I'd say also we're seeing some reflections of the 24/7 coverage that's already beginning for the 2016 White House race,” said Ammons.

Ammons said Washington was a pioneer in online registration which makes it easier for people to register to vote.

He said they hope to reach 4 million voters by the November elections.

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