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Uh-oh! I lost my ballot? Now what?

If you lost your ballot, mistakenly threw it out with some junk mail, spilled coffee on it,or the kids drew on it with crayons or the dog ate it, you are not SOL in Washington.

County elections offices have “Voter Service Centers” where you can get a replacement ballot. They also have accessible voting machines for the disabled. Spokane County has six, locations are inside the blog.

For a link or phone number to other counties, click here.

Procrastinators note: 8 p.m. is ballot deadline

When that ballot came in the mail several weeks ago, some of you may have thought: “Oh, plenty of time.”

And when those political commercials started coming hot and heavy during the Olympic games' opening ceremony, you may have looked toward the counter where that ballot sat and thought: “Oh, plenty of time.”

And when the campaigns started calling asking you to mark your ballot for this candidate or the other, you may have hung up the phone thinking: “Oh, plenty of time.”

Well, guess what? You are almost out of time.

8 p.m. today is the deadline for getting those ballots in. They must be deposited in a drop box, or mailed with today's postmark. To make sure it's postmarked, it might be best to take it to a Post Office. For a list of public libraries and other locations for Spokane County drop boxes, check inside the blog.

Oh, and if you forgot where you put the ballot, or threw it out with the junk mail, or maybe the dog ate it, and now you need another one, you can get that at a voter service center. Here's a list of voter service centers for Spokane County.

 

Downtown  Elections Office 1033 W Gardner Ave
Downtown STA Transit Plaza   701 W Riverside Ave
Northside  North Spokane Library   44 E Hawthorne Rd
South Hill  St. Mark’s Church    316 E 24th Ave
Spokane Valley  CenterPlace  2426 N Discovery Pl
West Plains   Cheney Library

610 First St

It’s Election Day. So vote already

Spin Control has been counting down to Election Day for you since…well, almost since last Election Day.

And we realize that most people who read political blogs have voted by now. But if for some reason you haven't — or more likely you know someone who hasn't and you're trying to help them out — here's our last bits of advice and assistance: 

 Your ballots have to be either postmarked or deposited in a drop box by 8 p.m.

If you're a Washington voter who has lost your ballot, spilled coffee on it, filled in the circles with an improper writing implement (pencils, red ballpoint, crayon), ripped it up, let the dog chew on it….we could go on, but you get the picture…you can get help or a replacement ballot at a Voter Service Center until 8 p.m.

If you have questions about a particular issue or race, you can find stories and videos on The Spokesman-Review's election archives by going to the home page, and clicking on the links for 2011 Washington Elections or 2011 Idaho Elections. You can also check out the Secretary of State's Voter Guide for statewide issues, the TVW Video Voter's Guide for the state ballot measures, the Spokane County Online Voter's Guide for local candidates and issues.

Go inside the blog to find a list of Voter Service Centers and Drop Boxes in Spokane County. For other counties, click here for the Secretary of State's interactive map for county elections offices.

In Idaho, you have to go to the polls to vote, and show up with photo I.D.. But you can vote today even if you aren't registered if:
—You're a U.S. citizen
—You're at least 18 years old.
—You have proof that you've lived in Idaho for at least 30 days.

To do that, you must go to the proper polling station with photo I.D. and some proof of residency in the state for at least the last 30 days (a document that has the address that matches your photo I.D.) To find your proper polling station, call the county elections office. A list can be found here.

If the thought of the election season being over tomorrow makes you sad, take heart. It's only 365 days until next year's election. If you were listening to the national news on Sunday, you may have heard the election was a year from yesterday. And that's correct, but next year is a Leap Year, so there was an extra day slipped into the count, as there is every presidential election year.

Uh-oh. Some ballots might not have been mailed

OLYMPIA — Nearly 21,000 residents who either signed up to vote or updated their registration by using a state web site might not  have been mailed a ballot or may have been sent a ballot for their old address.

The Washington Secretary of State's office said late Monday that some voters who used the Department of Licensing's web site to register or change their address may not have received a ballot because the DoL computer wasn't sending that  information to the SecState computer.

Nearly 15,000 voters who tried to update their registration address when they updated their drivers license address filled out a form online and on time, but that information wasn't forwarded to the Secretary of State's office until last Friday. Some of those voters may have received ballots that were sent to a previous address and forwarded to them; others may not have received a ballot

Almost 6,000 who weren't registered may have filled out the “update your voter registration” form which doesn't have enough information for a new registration.

So what's a wouldbe voter to do? On Election Eve, the Secretary of State's office says if you believe you registered but haven't received a ballot — or if you changed your address but received a ballot for your old location — go to your county elections office or a Voter Service Center to fill out a registration form and cast a provisional ballot.

For information on the location of county elections offices and voter service centers, click here.

Time is running out to cast that ballot

Tuesday at 8 p.m. is the deadline for casting a ballot in the primary election. Remember under the current ballot system, there are two ways to get your vote in on time.

You can mark it, seal it, sign the outer envelope and put it in the mail — with a stamp — so that it is postmarked by Tuesday evening. If you hold onto it until Tuesday afternoon, you should take it to the post office to make sure it's postmarked by the deadline.

Or you can mark it, seal it, sign the envelope and deposit it in one of the drop boxes set up by county elections. In Spokane County, drop boxes can be found at most public libraries and some other sites. They're listed inside the blog.

Also inside is a list of Voter Service Centers, where you can get a replacement ballot, use a special voting machine for persons with disabilities, or vote a provisional ballot as well as drop off your ballot

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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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