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Time running out on election

Elections in Washington are coming down to the wire, with ballots due in drop boxes or postmarked by 8 p.m. today.

In Idaho, voters must go to the polls by 8 p.m. today to cast ballots. Idaho residents who haven't yet registered can sign up at the polls and vote if they follow some meet certain requirements. (Read about registering at the polls in Idaho here, paying particular attention to No. 2 and No. 10. )

Same-day voter registration isn't legal in Washington. Signup closed a week ago.

Voters looking for information on the candidates or issues on their ballot have several options. There's The Spokesman-Review's Election Center, with campaign coverage from both states and background information that's searchable by candidate or issue.

Washington voters who have misplaced their state Voters Pamphlet can find the information online at the Secretary of State's web site. Information on the local candidates and ballot measures in Spokane County can be found at the county Elections Office web site.

Idaho elections are primarily for local offices and issues, so not everyone has something to vote on. Information on Kootenai County raises and polling places can be found here.

Washington elections are also mainly for local offices and issues, but the ballot also contains two statewide initiatives and five statewide tax advisory measures, so every registered voter in Washington should have received a ballot in the mail. Those who did must either put that ballot in the mail so it's postmarked by Tuesday or deposit it in a drop box before the final pickup at 8 p.m. on election day. A list of Spokane County drop boxes is inside the blog, and phone numbers and websites for all other counties can be found here.

Registered voters who didn't get a ballot, or have misplaced it during the last two weeks can go to a voter service center tomorrow to cast a provisional ballot. Locations for Spokane County voter service centers are also found inside the blog.

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






Drop Box Locations


Airway Heights

1213 S Lundstrom St


4322 N Argonne Rd


610 First St

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 

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

STA Plaza

701 W Riverside Ave
Elections Office

1033 W Gardner Ave






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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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