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Tue., Aug. 6, 2013

Today’s the last day for primary ballots

This is the last day to turn in a ballot for the primary election.

For most Eastern Washington voters, it's a short ballot, if they have one at all. One or two races for city council seat, a fire district or school board. Northeastern Washington's 7th Legislative District has a state Senate primary.

Some cities, towns or districts don't have enough candidates for their offices to warrant a primary, so those voters don't have to worry about the deadline. Voters who do have primary races to decide were sent a ballot about three weeks ago. Once they've marked the ballot, they have two options for getting it back on time:

Seal it in the envelope, sign it, put a stamp on it and mail it so that it's postmarked before 8 p.m. Tuesday. (Hint: dropping in a mail box or at a closed post office at 7:59 p.m. isn't going to cut it. For those waiting until the last day, it's a good idea to take it into the post office, had it to a postal clerk and ask to have it postmarked.)

Or seal it, sign it and deposit it in a ballot drop box before 8 p.m. Tuesday. (Dropping it off at 7:59 p.m. Tuesday actually will work for this option. But don't push your luck because election workers are usually there sharply at 8 p.m. to pick up the ballots.)

All public libraries in Spokane County have drop boxes, although the drop boxes at Medical Lake and Cheney aren't open for the primary, because voters in those areas have no primary ballots to cast. (Editor's note: an earlier version of this post incorrectly listed an incorrect library that wasn't open for ballots.) For a list of addresses for the Spokane County drop boxes, go inside the blog.

For voters in other counties, check with the elections office for the nearest drop box.

Voters who have lost their ballot can get a replacement at the county elections office or at a designated voter service center. The service center's for Spokane County are also inside the blog.

Voters looking for information about the unfamiliar names on the ballot can check the Primary Section of The Spokesman-Review's Election Center. Spokane County voters can get some candidate-provided info at the county's Online Voters Guide.

Spokane County Voter Service Centers

Downtown  Elections Office 1033 W Gardner Ave
Downtown STA Transit Plaza   701 W Riverside Ave
Northside  North Spokane Library   44 E Hawthorne Rd
South Hill  St. Mark’s Church    316 E 24th Ave
Spokane Valley  CenterPlace  2426 N Discovery Pl
West Plains   Cheney Library

610 First St








Spokane County Drop Box Locations


1213 S Lundstrom St



4322 N Argonne Rd


Deer Park

208 S Forest Ave



906 W Main Ave


East Side

524 S Stone St  



305 E Main St  



4005 N Cook St


Indian Trail

4909 W Barnes Rd


  Liberty Lake

23123 E Mission Ave 


Moran Prairie

6004 S Regal St


North Spokane

44 E Hawthorne Rd


Otis Orchards

22324 E Wellesley Ave



2111 W Wellesley Ave


South Hill

3324 S Perry St


Spokane Valley 12004 E Main Ave 99206

STA Plaza

701 W Riverside Ave 99201

Elections Office 1033 W Gardner Ave 99201


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