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Watch Your Mailbox For Ballots, Voters' Guides

File photo of Washington voters' guides from the 2012 election.
File photo of Washington voters' guides from the 2012 election.

Election 2014 is just over three weeks away.

File photo of Washington voters' guides from the 2012 election.
Credit Washington Secretary of State
File photo of Washington voters' guides from the 2012 election.

Ballots will soon be arriving in mailboxes in Washington and Oregon where the election is all vote-by-mail. Idaho voters still go to the polls, but about a quarter of Gem State ballots are cast absentee.

Washington state elections director Lori Augino said her office predicts 62 percent turnout for the November election.

Lori Augino: “I’m optimistic that we will hit that 62-percent mark and I think that because voters in this state get a ballot every election and they get a voter’s pamphlet every election, so that’s two reminders that an election is coming up with all the information they need to cast that vote.”

Turnout in a presidential year is typically over 80 percent.

Washington, Oregon and Idaho still mail out statewide voters’ guides. But Augino said many states don’t.

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