Washington elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Washington held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

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November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate (1 seat) Approveda Preview Article
U.S. House (10 seats) Approveda
State Executives (9 positions) Approveda Preview Article
State Senate (26 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (98 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (

8 measures)

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2012 Elections

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Elections by type

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See also: United States Senate elections in Washington, 2012
U.S. Senate, Washington, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Cantwell Incumbent 60.5% 1,855,493
     Republican Michael Baumgartner 39.5% 1,213,924
Total Votes 3,069,417
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Washington, 2012

Washington received an additional seat from redistricting. The seat was won by a Democrat, giving the party a two seat advantage.


Members of the U.S. House from Washington -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 5 6
     Republican Party 4 4
Total 9 10
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Suzan DelBene
Republican Party John Koster
Jay Inslee Democratic Party Suzan DelBene No
2nd Democratic Party Rick Larsen
Republican Party Dan Matthews
Rick Larsen Democratic Party Rick Larsen No
3rd Democratic Party Jon T. Haugen
Republican Party Jaime Herrera Beutler
Jaime Herrera Beutler Republican Party Jaime Herrera Beutler No
4th Democratic Party Mary Baechler
Republican Party Doc Hastings
Doc Hastings Republican Party Doc Hastings No
5th Democratic Party Rich Cowan
Republican Party Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Republican Party Cathy McMorris Rodgers No
6th Democratic Party Derek Kilmer
Republican Party Bill Driscoll
Norm Dicks Democratic Party Derek Kilmer No
7th Democratic Party Jim McDermott
Republican Party Ron Bemis
Jim McDermott Democratic Party Jim McDermott No
8th Democratic Party Karen Porterfield
Republican Party Dave Reichert
Dave Reichert Republican Party Dave Reichert No
9th Democratic Party Adam Smith
Republican Party James Postma
Adam Smith Democratic Party Adam Smith No
10th Democratic Party Denny Heck
Republican Party Richard Muri
N/A Democratic Party Denny Heck N/A

See also: Washington state executive official elections, 2012

There were nine state executive positions up for election.

Governor of Washington General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJay Inslee 51.5% 1,582,802
     Republican Rob McKenna 48.5% 1,488,245
Total Votes 3,071,047
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


Lieutenant Governor of Washington General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Owen Incumbent 53.7% 1,575,133
     Republican Bill Finkbeiner 46.3% 1,359,212
Total Votes 2,934,345
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


Attorney General of Washington General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Ferguson 53.5% 1,564,443
     Republican Reagan Dunn 46.5% 1,361,010
Total Votes 2,925,453
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


Washington Secretary of State General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKim Wyman 50.4% 1,464,741
     Democratic Kathleen Drew 49.6% 1,442,868
Total Votes 2,907,609
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


Washington Treasurer General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames McIntire Incumbent 58.7% 1,695,401
     Republican Sharon Hanek 41.3% 1,192,150
Total Votes 2,887,551
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


Washington State Auditor General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTroy Kelley 52.9% 1,512,620
     Republican James Watkins 47.1% 1,344,137
Total Votes 2,856,757
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     N/A Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Dorn Incumbent 100% 2,164,163
Total Votes 2,164,163
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


Washington Commissioner of Insurance General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Kreidler Incumbent 58.3% 1,662,555
     Republican John Adams 41.7% 1,188,926
Total Votes 2,851,481
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


Washington Commissioner of Public Lands General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Goldmark Incumbent 58.7% 1,692,083
     Republican Clint Didier 41.3% 1,188,411
Total Votes 2,880,494
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintained partisan control in the state senate.

Washington State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 27 26
     Republican Party 22 23
Total 49 49


See also: Washington House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintained partisan control in the state house.

Washington House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 56 55
     Republican Party 42 43
Total 98 98


See also: Washington 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 1185 Taxes Would require either two-thirds legislative approval or a vote by the people in order to raise taxes. ApprovedaOverturnedot
ITP Initiative 1240 Education Allow 40 public charter schools in the state over five years. Approveda
VR Referendum 74 Marriage Would ask if same-sex marriage should be legalized in the state. Approveda
ITL Initiative 502 Marijuana Would legalize and regulate the sale of small amounts of marijuana to people 21 and older Approveda
LRCA SJR 8221 Budgets To include the recommendations of the commission on state debt. Approveda
LRCA SJR 8223 Education Provide authority to state research universities to invest funds. Defeatedd
AQ Advisory Vote 1 Taxes Declares an intent to improve the long-term sustainability of the state budget. Approveda
AQ Advisory Vote 2 Insurance Delays the expiration of the pollution liability insurance agency's funding. Approveda


Secretary of State Sam Reed predicted voter turnout of 81 percent in the general election.[1]

Eligibility to Vote

Washington

Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Washington is one of 16 states to use an open primary system. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 9, 2012, which is 29 days before the primary took place , or first-time Washington voters may register in person by July 30, 2012, which is 8 days before the primary.[2] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote is 29 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was be October 8. In person first time voting registration deadline was October 29.[3]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting

Washington uses a vote by mail system. As such, there are no explicit absentee and early voting procedures.[5]

Washington State voter registration form.
Source:Washington Secretary of State's blog "From our corner"

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Washington is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 18 days before an election and ends on the day prior to election day. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

See also

References