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Seattle voters dig the tunnel

While Spokane voters were sorting through 11 different ballot measures on a wide range of changes, Seattle voters had one big ballot measure to confront: Whether or not to replace the seismicly challenged Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel.

It's a nasty debate: Sort of the North-South Freeway controversy grafted to the Lincoln Street Bridge fight, pumped up on steroids, and hooked on crack. Or so it would seem from reading the various news and opinion sources in Pugetopolis. 

Apparently, the good citizens of Seattle have had enough. They backed building the tunnel with roughly a 60 percent vote in the early returns.

Gov. Chris Gregoire, a backer of the getting on with the tunnel, issued a somewhat restrained press release: Seattle voeters sent a message loud and clear with this vote — enough is enough. After 10 years of debate, hundreds of public meetings and technical studies and thousands of public comments it is time to move forward without delay.”

This being Seattle — where taking another look at things is a civic trait just like in Spokane — “without delay” might be a bit optimistic. But the vote could take much of the steam out of the tunnel foes.

Voter registration deadline approaching

Washington residents who aren't registered to vote but want to do so in the Aug. 16 primary — and only you know who you are — have until Monday to get registered in the easiest ways possible.

That is, but mail or online.

In Washington is possible to go to the Secretary of State's website and register online if you have the required ID, or print out a form, fill it out and mail it in. But that has to be done 30 days before an election.

After next Monday, it will still be possible to register through Aug. 8 by going to the County Elections Office in person and filling out the form. But chances are if you haven't registered yet, you aren't inclined to make that kind of effort.

So let this serve as adequate warning to the marginally motivated.

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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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