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About half the voters will

Vote, that is.

Or at least that's Secretary of State Sam Reed's projection, released today.

Reed projects turnout at 51 percent, down markedly from about 85 percent last  year. Ah, for the halcyon days of '08. Obama vs. McCain. A gaffe-watch on Joe Biden. A dissection of every word Sarah Palin uttered. Gregoire v. Rossi, part deux.

Even with two statewide initiatives -- one on government spending and another on domestic partnership rights -- there just arent as many vote grabbers this year.

If he's right, 2009 will be about average for an off-year, mostly local election, Reed said.



The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.