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No lie: Ballots in the mail

If you're a voter in Spokane County, chances are there's a ballot with your name on it somewhere in the U.S. postal system.

Spokane County mailed some 260,000 ballots this week for the special election on Feb. 14 (possible slogan: Mail your ballot when you mail your Valentine). They're going to the voters in most school districts in the county.

So many school districts are having special elections that it makes more sense to say who isn't. If you live in lthe Reardan-Edwall or the Orchard Prairie district, no election. Everyone else, election.

Weather has been a bit iffy, so give the postal service a few days to get the ballot to you. If the ballot hasn't shown up by next Friday, Feb. 3, give county elections a call at 477-2320 for a replacement.

Alert voters might also  notice something different about these ballots. The flap that used to seal the envelope and hide your signature is gone, because a law that governed that (yes, we have laws for such things) has changed. Not peeling the flap to check the signatures saves time, and time is money. While some voters might wonder how safe the envelopes are, county elections officials are confident that the mail boxes from the U.S. Postal Service and the drop boxes the Elections Office sets up are secure.

You've got until Feb. 14 to mail or drop off your ballot.

For a list of drop-box locations, click here to go inside the blog.

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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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