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WA voter rolls hit record, still growing

OLYMPIA — Washington has a record 3.88 million voters registered for the Nov. 6 general election, and the number continues to grow by several hundred a day.  That's up by nearly 150,000 voters just since the state primary in August.

“We've never been in this range before,” Katie Blinn, co-director of elections for the Secretary of State's office, said. “It's actually growing as we talk.”

In Idaho, voter rolls are down slightly from their peak in 2008, although voters can still register at their county elections office, and can register and vote at their poll site on Election Day.

In Washington, the deadline passed last week to fill out a paper registration form and mail it in, or to register online. But wouldbe voters can still go to their county elections office in person until Oct. 29, fill out a form in person and turn it in. Military and overseas voters can continue to register online.

Between the “walk-in” registrations and the paper forms mailed before the deadline but still being processed in some county elections offices, the voter rolls are still growing by several hundred a day, Blinn said.

Mail-in registration closed Friday in Idaho so the counties can prepare the voter lists for the poll sites, currently has 784,137 registered voters. But residents of that state who aren't yet registered can still sign up by going to their county clerk's office during business hours. They'll receive a ballot at that time.

Or they can go to their local poll site on election day with valid photo identification and proof of residence — a lease, utility bill or other document that shows the address — register and cast a ballot.

Washington votes exclusively by mail. Most of voters should receive their ballots in the next few days as county elections offices have until Friday to get their ballots in the mail. Spokane County finished its mailings today.

Those ballots must be marked, placed in envelopes that are properly signed, and either mailed or deposited in drop boxes located at key locations. Each county chooses the locations for its drop boxes; to find a phone number or website for your county elections office, click here.

To see a list of drop box sites for Spokane County, go inside the blog.


 

AirwayHeights

1213 S Lundstrom St

Argonne 

4322 N Argonne Rd

Cheney

610 First St

Deer Park

208 S Forest Ave

Downtown

906 W Main Ave

East Side

524 S Stone St  

Fairfield

305 E Main St  

Hillyard

4005 N Cook St

Indian Trail

4909 W Barnes Rd

LibertyLake

23123 E Mission Ave 

MedicalLake

321 E Herb St

Moran Prairie

6004 S Regal St

North Spokane

44 E Hawthorne Rd

Otis Orchards

22324 E Wellesley Ave

ShadlePark

2111 W Wellesley Ave

South Hill

3324 S Perry St

Spokane Valley 12004 E Main Ave

STA Plaza

701 W Riverside Ave

Elections Office 1033 W Gardner Ave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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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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