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Tuesday is (fill in the blank) day. Get’cher ballot in

Most readers can remember when Tuesday would've been called Election Day, capital letters included. Most of the ballots would have been cast between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Barring some problem with equipment, most of them would've been counted between 8 p.m. and some time in the wee hours of the next morning.

Washington state got away from that when it started down the road to mail-in ballots for folks who hadn't fled for warmer climes or foreign shores. It now mails ballots out about three weeks before it starts counting them, and continues to count for another couple of weeks.

So what is Nov. 8 this year, anyway?

The Secretary of State's office sent out a press release today, referring to it as “Washington's 2011 ballot-return deadline, formerlly known as Election Day.” It's accurate, but has sort of the same feeling as “the artist formerly known as Prince.”

Anyway, whatever you want to call it, 8 p.m. Tuesday is your last chance to vote. Get your ballot to a drop box by then, or get it in the mail soon enough that it is postmarked by then.

If you're wondering where the drop boxes in Spokane County are, go inside the blog for a list. If you live in another county, click here for a map that has phone numbers for all the county elections offices.

Can't pick your county out of a map? Then you probably shouldn't be voting, anyway.

Time is running out to cast that ballot

Tuesday at 8 p.m. is the deadline for casting a ballot in the primary election. Remember under the current ballot system, there are two ways to get your vote in on time.

You can mark it, seal it, sign the outer envelope and put it in the mail — with a stamp — so that it is postmarked by Tuesday evening. If you hold onto it until Tuesday afternoon, you should take it to the post office to make sure it's postmarked by the deadline.

Or you can mark it, seal it, sign the envelope and deposit it in one of the drop boxes set up by county elections. In Spokane County, drop boxes can be found at most public libraries and some other sites. They're listed inside the blog.

Also inside is a list of Voter Service Centers, where you can get a replacement ballot, use a special voting machine for persons with disabilities, or vote a provisional ballot as well as drop off your ballot

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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.

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