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Spin Control

Website for political numbers geeks

OLYMPIA -- Politics, like baseball, is often a game for people who love numbers.

To satisfy that love for political geeks around Washington, the Secretary of State's office has devoted a portion of its website to all manner of electoral numbers.

Not just how many registered voters the state has (4,087,069, for those who are counting) but how they break down by age group, congressional district and legislative district. And by age group in the congressional or legislative district. Plus turnout and participation records, redistricting maps and links to previous elections. 

At the top are the "ballot return statistics" which report the number and percentage of ballots for the Aug. 2 primary that have come back in each county. For the state as a whole, it's just over 10 percent, which is not a particularly strong showing with one week left to turn in ballots. 

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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