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Turnout, ballot drop info for today’s election

Today is the last day to vote in the February special elections in Spokane, Rockford, Spokane County Fire District 13 and East Valley and Orchard Prairie school districts.

Spokane voters are considering three propositions that would give the police ombudsman more authority; require a City Council supermajority ive-sevenths support from the City Council to increase some local taxes; and boost taxes by $7 a year for a $100,000 property to prevent branch closures and expand hours for the Spokane Public Library. Voters elsewhere are considering tax measures.

For more information on the items on today’s ballot, visit The Spokesman-Review’s Election Center as www.spokesman.com/election.

Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by today’s date in order to be counted. Voters can avoid having to pay for a stamp by dropping ballots at 13 ballot drop boxes by 8 p.m.

(For the list of where you can drop your ballot without a stamp, keep reading this post.)

They’re in the mail. Honest.

Ballots to Spokane County voters go into the mail starting today.

It’s a two-day process to mail out some 255,000 ballots in Spokane County, so ballots to the 3rd Legislative District (central Spokane) and 4th Legislative District (Spokane Valley) are being mailed today, and those to the 6th (curving from northwest Spokane around to the South Hill), the 7th (Deer Park and the northern tip part of the county) and the 9th (the West Plains and the southern third of the county) go out Thursday.

If you don’t get your ballot by Oct. 21, you can figure that something may be amiss, and you should call the elections office at 477-2320.

Ballots have to be marked, signed and sent by Nov. 2. That means a postmarked by that day, or — for those wishing to save a stamp — dropped in a pickup box. Drop boxes can be found at most county libraries. A list of locations and addresses can be found inside the blog.

Where’s my ballot?

The Spokane County Elections Office has an on-line tracking system that allows you to know where your ballot is in the processing system.

You can reach it by clicking here and filling in the appropriate information.

The office also reports that 27.6 percent of the ballots have been received as of this morning. So for most people, the answer to the question in the headline is “Still around the house, somewhere.”

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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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