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It’s Election Day. So vote already

Spin Control has been counting down to Election Day for you since...well, almost since last Election Day.

And we realize that most people who read political blogs have voted by now. But if for some reason you haven't -- or more likely you know someone who hasn't and you're trying to help them out -- here's our last bits of advice and assistance: 

 Your ballots have to be either postmarked or deposited in a drop box by 8 p.m.

If you're a Washington voter who has lost your ballot, spilled coffee on it, filled in the circles with an improper writing implement (pencils, red ballpoint, crayon), ripped it up, let the dog chew on it....we could go on, but you get the can get help or a replacement ballot at a Voter Service Center until 8 p.m.

If you have questions about a particular issue or race, you can find stories and videos on The Spokesman-Review's election archives by going to the home page, and clicking on the links for 2011 Washington Elections or 2011 Idaho Elections. You can also check out the Secretary of State's Voter Guide for statewide issues, the TVW Video Voter's Guide for the state ballot measures, the Spokane County Online Voter's Guide for local candidates and issues.

Go inside the blog to find a list of Voter Service Centers and Drop Boxes in Spokane County. For other counties, click here for the Secretary of State's interactive map for county elections offices.

In Idaho, you have to go to the polls to vote, and show up with photo I.D.. But you can vote today even if you aren't registered if:
--You're a U.S. citizen
--You're at least 18 years old.
--You have proof that you've lived in Idaho for at least 30 days.

To do that, you must go to the proper polling station with photo I.D. and some proof of residency in the state for at least the last 30 days (a document that has the address that matches your photo I.D.) To find your proper polling station, call the county elections office. A list can be found here.

If the thought of the election season being over tomorrow makes you sad, take heart. It's only 365 days until next year's election. If you were listening to the national news on Sunday, you may have heard the election was a year from yesterday. And that's correct, but next year is a Leap Year, so there was an extra day slipped into the count, as there is every presidential election year.

Voter Service Centers
Elections Office                1033 West Gardner, Spokane
STA Plaza                           701 West Riverside, Spokane
North Spokane Library       44 East Hawthorne, Spokane
St. Mark's Church               316 E. 24th Ave., Spokane
CenterPlace                      2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley
Cheney Library                    610 First St., Cheney
(For a map or directions to any of the service centers, click on the address)
Drop Box Locations
Airway Heights Library       1213 S. Lundstrom St.
Argonne Library                   4322 N. Argonne Rd.
Cheney Library                     610 First St.  
Deer Park Library                 208 S. Forest Ave.
East Side Library                  524 S. Stone St.       
Elections Office                    1033 W. Gardner Ave.
Fairfield Library                     305 E. Main St.
Hillyard Library                      4005 N. Cook St.       
Indian Trail Library                4909 W. Barnes Rd.
Liberty Lake Library               23123 E. Mission Ave.  
Medical Lake Library             321 E. Herb St.
Moran Prairie Library             6004 S. Regal St.      
North Spokane Library          44 E. Hawthorne.       
Otis Orchards Library            22324 E. Wellesley Ave.
Shadle Library                        2111 W. Wellesley Ave.
South Hill Library                    3324 S. Perry St.      
Spokane Downtown Library  906 W. Main Ave.
Spokane Valley Library           12004 E. Main Ave.     
STA Plaza                                   701 W. Riverside Ave.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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