For all the bitching about how long it takes to count ballots in Washington State, it turns out we're not so different after all:

Two weeks ago, Barack Obama was triumphantly re-elected as US president. The strange thing is that the votes are still being counted 14 days later.

[...] As several slow-counting big states and cities – most notably in New York and California – continue to report new vote totals, it's increasingly clear that the 2012 election wasn't that close after all.

In fact, in this whole piece on slow vote counting, Washington isn't mentioned at all. Go figure.

The truth is, any jurisdiction with a substantive number of mail-in/absentee and provisional ballots is going to look like it counts ballots slow whenever it has an extremely close race. (And any jurisdiction without a substantive number of mail-in/absentee and provisional ballots is likely suppressing turnout.) Washington had no close races at the federal or statewide level this year, so our ballot counting was plenty fast enough to produce quick and conclusive results.