Wash. voter turnout tops 71 percent

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington election officials say that more than 71 percent of voters sent in their ballots for this month's midterm election.

Before the election, Secretary of State Sam Reed predicted 66 percent of Washington's voters would mail in, drop off and cast ballots. But as of Tuesday afternoon, turnout was 71.24 percent, says Dave Ammons, spokesman for Reed.

It's the second highest rate since the state began collecting voter registrations-by-county at the state level in 1938, Ammons says.

The record was 71.85 percent in 1970.