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Unusual voting stat

A quick check of turnout through this morning at the Spokane County elections office reveals the following:

Turnout for the City of Spokane as a whole is 23 percent, which is nothing to write home about.

Turnout is lowest in the Council District 1, the Northeast District. It's at 19 percent, with slightly  more than half as many ballots turned in as the other two districts. Statistically, that's not a huge surprise, because District 1 usually  lags behind the other two council districts, and there are about 11,000 fewer registered voters in that district compared to the others.

What's unusual, however, is that District 1 has a council race on the ballot; it's the only district that has a council primary. So even with that incentive, turnout remains low.

There's still time to turn that around, though. Ballots can be marked, sealed and deposited in drop boxes until 8 p.m. Click here for a list of drop boxes throughout Spokane County.

Or you could put a stamp on the envelope and mail it, but take it to the post office to make sure it's postmarked today.


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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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