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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.

Cost of tax advisories less than projected

OLYMPIA — Adding the five tax advisory measures to the state Voters Pamphlet cost less than originally projected after the Secretary of State's office found some ways to consolidate information, a spokesman for the office said today.

The final cost to was about $130,000 to add the three pages of ballot language and cost estimates for the five measures and slightly over six pages of legislative votes, David Ammons said.

Initial estimates were for about $240,000, but the total came down by consolidating information on the legislative votes, Ammons said. Instead of listing the names, contact information and votes of the 147 legislators for each advisory measure as the office did last year, it created one list and recorded all five votes under the name and contact information for each legislator.

The office “found a way to economize” even though the consolidation prompted objections from Tim Eyman, the sponsor of the initiative that requires the advisory votes, Ammons said.

A story in Sunday's Spokesman-Review used the old estimate in a story about the tax advisory measures.

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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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