Voter turnout in Washington was not just low this year – it could be a 36 year low.
Not since 1978 has such a small percentage of registered voters participated in a Washington election. 1978 was the year Washington voters approved a ban on mandatory busing. That year, just 52 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. Turnout this year is barely on track to beat that at 54 percent. That’s eight points lower than Secretary of State Kim Wyman projected back in September.