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By Lou Marzeles

Ballot returns for county show slow return rate as voters take their time


Only 54 ballots in Klickitat County have been returned to date, out of 13,865 mailed out in the county, according to the Office of the Secretary of State in a message posted yesterday. (See chart at right from the SoS web site showing returns; Klickitat County is the last line in this image.)

Statewide almost 135,000 ballots have been returned out of 4.24 million sent out.

Unofficial speculation is that some counties, like Klickitat, are taking their time to weigh options much later than in some past years. In Klickitat County that could suggest voters are looking more closely at local races rather than filling in ballots and dashing off to mail and drop boxes.

That means, too, that candidates could be free to make their appeals to voters more effectively right up to the last minute this year. That prospect heartens candidates who were concerned that voters had already voted and turned in ballots in the first days of the election cycle this year.


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