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I marked my ballot. Now what?

After Washington voters have marked their ballot, sealed it and signed the envelope, they have two choices.

Put a stamp on it and mail it. But remember it has to be postmarked today, so you'll need to take it to a post office, to make sure that's done in time. Leaving it out in  your mailbox is not a good solution..

Or save yourself a stamp, and take it to a drop box. In Spokane County, there's a drop box at most public libraries, as well as a couple other spots. For a list of addresses, go inside the blog.

For other Washington counties, click here to find the information on your county.

Instructions for Idaho voters are simpler. You go to your local polling station. Idaho also has same day registration, but if you aren't registered, you'll need to produce photo ID and proof of residence.

Uh-oh! I lost my ballot? Now what?

If you lost your ballot, mistakenly threw it out with some junk mail, spilled coffee on it,or the kids drew on it with crayons or the dog ate it, you are not SOL in Washington.

County elections offices have “Voter Service Centers” where you can get a replacement ballot. They also have accessible voting machines for the disabled. Spokane County has six, locations are inside the blog.

For a link or phone number to other counties, click here.

Primary turnout could be low

The presidential campaign has been in the news for months and political commercials are starting to crowd other products off the airwaves, but Washington's voters seem less enthusiastic than normal about next month's state primary.
Ballots that were mailed to overseas and military voters in late June and the rest of the state almost two weeks ago are coming back less quickly than normal in some counties, including Spokane.
Returns through the Monday are behind the pace for the same period in 2008, the last state primary in a presidential election year, data from Spokane County Elections Office show. They also trail returns for most primaries since.
“We wish we had more in,” Mike McLaughlin, supervisor of elections, said Monday…

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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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