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1 in 5 Spokane ballots in

About one of every five Spokane voters has returned a ballot for Tuesday's election.

The Spokane County Elections Office said it has slightly more than 59,000 ballots as of this morning's count, both from mail delivery and collections at the drop boxes around the county. That's about 21 percent of the more than 282,000 mailed out last month.

 In the City of Spokane, the contested races in council districts 2 and 3 are running slightly ahead of that average, while the District 1, where there's  no contested council race, is not surprisingly running behind average.

Many of the smaller towns are running around the county are running significantly ahead of the county's average turn-in rate. The City of Spokane Valley is a bit behind, at 18.6 percent.

Ballots that are mailed in must be postmarked by Tuesday. They can also be deposited in drop boxes at public libraries and other key locations around the county before 8 p.m. Tuesday. A list of drop box locations can be found inside the blog.

 

 

Primary turnout low one week out

Of the nearly 200,000 ballots Spokane County sent to voters this month, only about one in eight has come back in with one week left in the primary election for many local offices.

Admittedly the primary ballot in many areas is short. Only two of the City of Spokane's three council districts has a contested seat, and only one City of Spokane Valley council race is on that ballot.

The 7th Legislative District has a three-way race for the state Senate seat that was filled by an appointment early this year when long-time legislator Bob Morton retired mid-term. All three are Republicans, but under the state's election laws, the top two vote-getters move on to the general election.

While a ballot with few races often doesn't generate much excitement, on the plus side it is relatively quick to fill out, sign and mail in, or deposit at an assigned drop box.

In Spokane County, there's a drop box at all public libraries except — for this election only — the Cheney and Liberty Lake libraries. There's also one in the Spokane Transit Authority center in downtown Spokane. For information on drop boxes in other counties, click here.

For a list of addresses for Spokane County drop boxes, go inside the blog.

WA Lege Day 16: Possible changes to elections

OLYMPIA – Legislators have a wide array of changes they think would make the state’s elections run smoother.

At hearings Tuesday, they suggested paying for the postage for voters to return their mail-in ballots, requiring most ballots be in the hands of county elections officials by 8 p.m. election night may be the prime beneficiaries of the state’s current election laws, requiring counties to have more drop-boxes and publishing a voter guide for primary elections. . . 

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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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