King County Certifies Nov. 6 Election; Burien’s Annexation Officially Rejected

King County Elections certified the final results of the Nov. 6, 2012 general election Tuesday (Nov. 27).

One interesting anecdote is that there was a +129.5% increase in voter turnout for the 2012 Area Y Annexation versus the 2009 Area X Annexation one. The main reason is most likely that the 2009 election was held in August, while this most recent one was in November, a time when most people are used to voting.

Voters returned 993,908 ballots for a final turnout of 85 percent, with 978,377 of those ballots tabulated in the final results report.

“Voters responded to our messaging this year and returned their ballots early,” said Sherril Huff, Director of Elections. “We counted a record high of 556,000 ballots on election night and the number of ballots received too late to process was down over two hundred percent.”

Voters also improved performance on signature-related issues which resulted in significantly fewer ballots requiring costly follow up.

One race, for the District 47 House of Representatives seat, qualified for a mandatory machine recount that will be conducted on Friday, Nov. 30.

Citizens can register to vote or update their registration at the Elections web site by Jan. 14 to vote in the next election, a special election, to be held Feb. 12.

General election by the numbers:

Ballots issued : 1,216,246
Registered voters : 1,170,638
Ballots returned : 993,908
Ballots counted : 978,377
Ballots cast on AVUs : 4,463
Ballots returned by email : 4,638
Ballots returned by fax : 806
Ballots returned at drop boxes : 208,105
Challenged ballots cured : 13,237
Ballots remaining challenged : 8,900
Returned too late : 3,068
Returned as undeliverable : 11,002

Locally, here are some final election results:

Burien Proposition #1 – Annexation of North Highline/White Center:

  • FOR ANNEXATION: 1,997 • 35.03%
  • AGAINST ANNEXATION: 3,704 • 64.97%

Comparison to the 2009 North Highline South Annexation Vote:

2009 (~14,000 residents of Area X):

  • FOR: 1,380 • 55.56%
  • AGAINST: 1,104 • 44.44%


2012 (~17,000 residents of Area Y):

  • FOR: 1,997 • 35.03%
  • AGAINST: 3,704 • 64.97%



  • 3,217 more votes cast in 2012 Annexation vote (+129.5% increase!)


3 Responses to “King County Certifies Nov. 6 Election; Burien’s Annexation Officially Rejected”
  1. BlairJ says:

    I’d like to see a map by voting precinct showing where people voted for and against annexation.

    • BlairJ says:

      Well I haven’t seen a map, but I did look at the results by precinct on the King County website and then compared them to a map of the precincts. I expected to see some sort of voting pattern, but it wasn’t there (to my untrained eyes). All precincts rejected annexation, but the precincts with the highest and lowest percentages were right next to each other. What really surprised me were the number of “non votes”; people in the unincorporated area who cast a ballot but did not vote on the annexation issue.

  2. Dollarsfordollars says:

    …yes, I see what you mean….hmmmm

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