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Primary turnout low one week out

Of the nearly 200,000 ballots Spokane County sent to voters this month, only about one in eight has come back in with one week left in the primary election for many local offices.

Admittedly the primary ballot in many areas is short. Only two of the City of Spokane's three council districts has a contested seat, and only one City of Spokane Valley council race is on that ballot.

The 7th Legislative District has a three-way race for the state Senate seat that was filled by an appointment early this year when long-time legislator Bob Morton retired mid-term. All three are Republicans, but under the state's election laws, the top two vote-getters move on to the general election.

While a ballot with few races often doesn't generate much excitement, on the plus side it is relatively quick to fill out, sign and mail in, or deposit at an assigned drop box.

In Spokane County, there's a drop box at all public libraries except -- for this election only -- the Cheney and Liberty Lake libraries. There's also one in the Spokane Transit Authority center in downtown Spokane. For information on drop boxes in other counties, click here.

For a list of addresses for Spokane County drop boxes, go inside the blog.


Airway Heights

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 


Medical Lake

321 E Herb St


Moran Prairie

6004 S Regal St 


North Spokane

44 E Hawthorne Rd 


Otis Orchards

22324 E Wellesley Ave 


Shadle Park

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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