So says the Secretary of State:

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed is predicting the best midterm election turnout in 40 years—66 percent. Most voters will cast ballots by mail, and ballots go out later this week, with Nov. 2 as the postmark return deadline.

Reed, the state’s chief elections officer, said hotly contested races and ballots measures, heavy television spending, and fired-up grassroots activists all combine to suggest a strong turnout. He said participation should exceed the 64.6 percent of 2006, the most recent midterm election, when turnout is always lower than the main presidential year election.

And remember: Reed was wrong about the August 17 primary—because he under-estimated turnout. He predicted 38 percent of registered voters would cast primary ballots. The actual number ended up being 41 percent, which was a modern record.

Ready to vote and just waiting for word from the Stranger Election Control Board? Hang tight. It's coming this Wednesday.