2010 Washington State General Election results are just hours away, with the final votes to be counted by Tuesday evening. Nov. 2 has been a long time coming in the state, and not only will it mark some changes in key positions around the state, but it will also finally bring an end to the political attack ads that have inundated Washington. From getting advertisements left on their front doors to suffering incessant calls from solicitors calling after 8 p.m. with recorded messages, the unsolicited pestering of voters will come to an end by Tuesday night.
Many voters have already turned in their ballots, with Washington State again working with the mail ballots this year. It has afforded people the opportunity to review all of the initiatives and candidates extensively this year, and hopefully it has made the voting populace much more informed about all of the issues. The amount of money that people have spent on advertising for the initiatives and the various candidates in Washington State is going to be mind-boggling when the final numbers come out, and it would be very interesting to see exactly which methods worked the best.
The most volatile issue in the state has been for one of the two U.S. Senate seats. That election has Democrat Senator Patty Murray trying to keep her seat against last-minute candidate Republican Dino Rossi. They have been back-and-forth in the polls for the past few months, with the most recent political poll having Murray ahead by a few percentage points. This is an election that won’t be decided in the first few votes, but rather will get its announcement when nearly every vote has been submitted. Rossi lost the election for governor by less than 150 votes, and it results in a long recount process. That could be something that happens again here.
By the end of the day on Tuesday, Washington State residents will learn what their new state government looks like, if the candy and soda taxes will continue, and if alcohol will be sold anywhere that wants a license. Maybe the biggest issue out there, though, is a state income tax which would just apply to those making more than $200,000 per year. The problem is that the writers didn’t make it succinct enough to convince voters that it wouldn’t spread an income tax to all residents in two years, so it might not have a great chance of passing in the end.
For everyone submitting a ballot in Washington State, they must be postmarked by Nov. 2 or submitted into one of the ballot boxes around the state to be counted.