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Voter registration deadline approaching

Washington residents who aren't registered to vote but want to do so in the Aug. 16 primary — and only you know who you are — have until Monday to get registered in the easiest ways possible.

That is, but mail or online.

In Washington is possible to go to the Secretary of State's website and register online if you have the required ID, or print out a form, fill it out and mail it in. But that has to be done 30 days before an election.

After next Monday, it will still be possible to register through Aug. 8 by going to the County Elections Office in person and filling out the form. But chances are if you haven't registered yet, you aren't inclined to make that kind of effort.

So let this serve as adequate warning to the marginally motivated.

Monday’s it. Get registered or sit election out

Monday is the last day to register to vote in Washington state for the Nov. 2 election.

Honest. No kidding. That’s it.

And if you aren’t registered now, but want to vote, you’re going to have to do a little bit to be able to exercise your voting rights.

Not shed blood, or sell your first-born child or anything like that.

You’re going to have to go to theCounty  Elections Office, in person, and fill out the form. None of this clicking on a Web site or mailing it in. We’re thinking that if it’s worth it to you to vote, you can make the trip.

In Spokane County, the Elections Office is at 1033 W. Gardner, which is a few blocks north of the County Courthouse.

(The courthouse? It’s that building that looks like a castle, just off Monroe on Broadway. You can’t miss it, really.)

Elections office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring some ID, and you can get registered to vote.

Time to register running out

Washington residents who want to cast a ballot in the Aug. 18 primary have to be registered by Monday, or they’re out of luck.

Those who aren’t registered, but want to, must register in person at their local county elections office by filling out a form. On-line registration, which is available most of the year, will not allow a new voter to be on the books in time for the primary.

In Spokane, that would mean a prospective voter wouldn’t be able to cast a ballot on a countywide proposal to continue a sales tax for law enforcement. Many cities and towns and some school and fire districts also have primaries that will trim the number of candidates for local office down to two for the November election.

In most counties. the elections office is at or near the county courthouse. In Spokane, it’s two blocks away at 1033 W. Gardner.Click here to find other addresses.

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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.

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