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Washington residents who want to vote in the general election but just haven't got around to registering have until Monday to sign up “the easy ways.”
The easy ways are by Internet, by going to the Secretary of State's website, or by mailing in a voter registration form.
The slightly harder way — which might also be regarded as “the old way”, because that's what folks once had to do — is to go down to your county elections office and fill out the form in person. If you miss Monday's deadline, you can still do that until Halloween. But let's face it, if you won't do it on the Internet in the comfort of your own home, and maybe in your pajamas, how likely are you to make a special trip to the county offices?
You are eligible to vote if you are:
At least 18 years old by Nov. 8, which is election day this year.
A citizen of the United States.
A resident of Washington state
So if all those apply, you can vote unless you are :
A convicted felon who has not had your voting rights restored.
Someone declared mentally incompetent and ineligible to vote by a court.
So if you can pass this 5-point test, you can register.
An estimate released by the Secretary of State's office suggests that about one in five Washington residents who are eligible to vote are not registered.
So if 20 percent aren't even registered, and only 60 percent bother to vote, and the winning candidate gets 51 percent, how is that an example of “majority rules?”
Spokane voters seemed to spend a bit more time weighing their options this year. The two biggest days for ballots showing up at the elections office were yesterday and today.
The current ballot count stands at 98,968, which is 38.5 percent of all registered voters in the county. More than 39,000 of those ballots showed up in the last two days — and that doesn’t count the final pickups from drop boxes all over the county.
Could it be that some voters regretted voting too early in previous years, and held on to their ballots until closer to the deadline, to see how the campaigns played out? Hard to say, but it does seem to undercut the argument of some campaign operatives that so many resources should be targeted at the week the ballots get mailed out.
If tradition holds, biggest day for turnout will be tomorrow, when most ballots mailed yesterday and today get delivered.
For more on how the ballot turn-in count stands, go inside the blog.