Voter turnout in midterm elections “like nothing we’ve ever seen” says Spokane County Auditor

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton shared turnout for this midterm election is unlike anything they’ve ever seen before, with the exception of recent presidential elections. As of Monday, 160,000 ballots had been received by the Spokane County Elections office. That’s a little over 50%.

“At the same time in the 2016 presidential election, we were sitting at about 53% turnout. And back in 2008, the highest ever, we were sitting at about 62%. So these are incredible numbers,” explained Dalton.

In a midterm election, she said, it would normally be exciting if they had a 55% voter turnout. Through Thursday, they expect to receive many more ballots from mail-ins and those who drop them off at ballot boxes on Election Day.

With over 50% of ballots turned in, we are near record-breaking territory. 260,000 ballots would need to be turned in for the record to be broken in Spokane County.

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