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Spokane County, Measure 1

44
Option Pct
Rejected 56.40%
Approved 43.60%

Initiative Measure 1125

39
Option Pct
No 52.44%
Yes 47.56%

Initiative Measure 1183

41
Option Pct
Yes 58.99%
No 41.01%



Latest news

Rush concedes race to Allen, calls off hand recount

Spokane City Councilman Richard Rush said this afternoon that he has decided against paying for a hand recount in his race against Mike Allen. Rush said after further consideration of the results of the machiine recount, as well as the hand recount that was completed…


Read the complete list of Condon’s transition team

Mayor-elect David Condon tonight released the names of about 80 people who will serve on five committees that make up his transition team. Here are the names, pretty much cut and paste from the announcement (except a couple spelling fixes): Public Safety Captain, Nancy Isserlis;…


Allen wins second count, but a third awaits

Former Councilman Mike Allen’s lead over incumbent Richard Rush grew by three to 91 on Wednesday after a recount of the Spokane City Council election for the city’s south district. The race was recounted by machine because the result from the first count was within…


Recounts moved to Wednesday

Spokane County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said this afternoon that sorting ballots for recounting took longer than expected. Therefore, the Spokane City Council recount between Richard Rush and Mike Allen and the 4th Legislative District Senate race between Jeff Baxter and Mike Padden won’t start…


State turnout for Nov. 8: 53 percent

OLYMPIA — Although Spokane County has some recounting to do, state officials certified the election results Monday for the Nov. 8 election. Anyone paying any attention knows how things came out: Initiative 1183, that gets the state out of the liquor business, passed big time….


Recounts start Tuesday

Spokane County election officials expect to start and complete on Tuesday the first two of the three recounts they need to complete to finish work from the November election. Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said the office plans to count the ballots from the Spokane City…


Rush-Allen recount will be done by hand

The final outcome of the City Council race for a seat representing south Spokane won’t be decided until next week. That’s when the Spokane County Election’s Office will recount ballots in a contest so close that state law required a second examination. Former Councilman Mike…


Why Verner lost: Part 3: Otto Zehm

It’s hard to imagine how Mayor Mary Verner could have lost so much ground between the primary and the November election without concerns about the Otto Zehm case eating at her base. With some members of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane expressing…


Why Verner lost: Part 2. A volunteer campaign short on cash

Just before conceding, Mayor Mary Verner published a scathing comment on Facebook about her opponent’s campaign which she said is a “turning point for the way campaigns are conducted in Spokane.” “David Condon’s race for a non-partisan local office was woven into a … larger…


Allen lead over Rush grows by 6

This post has been changed to correct the change in Allen’s lead. The race between Richard Rush and Mike Allen for Rush’s Spokane City Council seat representing the south district remains headed for a recount after the sixth day of counting. Allen’s lead grew by…


Why Verner lost: Part 1. Water rates

Condon correctly predicted outrage was coming on water rates. Even before summer bills were mailed, he began attacking the water rate restructuring. When the bills were opened, he already had defined himself as the candidate who opposed them. On its face, focusing on sewer rate…


Allen-Rush contest now within recount margin

The race between incumbent Councilman Richard Rush and former Councilman Mike Allen for Rush’s south Spokane City Council seat was sent within recount margins by counting on Tuesday. Only 92 votes now separate the two, and if the race remains within a half percentage point,…


Allen and Rush headed for recount? Prop 1 headed for defeat

A race for Spokane City Council inched closer to an automatic recount on Monday in the fourth day of ballot counting from the Nov. 8 election. Former Councilman Mike Allen’s lead over incumbent Richard Rush for a seat representing south Spokane fell by 17 votes…


Verner needs all 2,777 remaining ballots … to tie

Mayor-elect David Condon’s lead over Spokane Mayor Mary Verner grew slightly in counting on Monday. He now leads by 2,777 votes. Coincidentally, that’s the same number of votes left to count in the race.


Verner tells KXLY radio that Zehm, water rate campaign issues ‘don’t have a lot of substance’

Mayor Mary Verner’s interview last night with Mike Fitzsimmons on KXLY 920 AM has been making the rounds on Twitter today. And it’s worth a listen. Here’s some of what was said. The entire interview is in the link above. Verner: …I do know that…


Verner remains hopeful, but her chances are dim

Here’s are Verner’s statements to her supporters and repoters last night. The Spokane County Elections Office has reported that it received nearly 23,000 ballots in the mail today. There are 22,200 ballots left to count in the City of Spokane. For Verner to make a…


Mapping the election: Why Condon’s ahead

A look at the precinct breakdown for the City of Spokane Mayor’s race shows that incumbent Mary Verner carried the city’s central core, but challenger David Condon is leading her in precincts all around that center. And he’s winning big in some heavy voting precincts…


Washington votes to expand caregiver training again

Long-term care workers will get more training and face stiffer background checks under an initiative approved by voters.


Liquor initiative passes with widespread support

Washington voters have approved a plan to privatize liquor sales, siding with Costco in the costliest initiative campaign in state history.


Maybe they should go to all-mail elections

This just in from the AP: CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio election board says an employee bit a voter’s nose during an argument over a campaign sign. Cuyahoga County elections board director Jane Platten says the board identified the worker for Cleveland police trying to…




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Latest news

Rush concedes race to Allen, calls off hand recount

Spokane City Councilman Richard Rush said this afternoon that he has decided against paying for a hand recount in his race against Mike Allen. Rush said after further consideration of the results of the machiine recount, as well as the hand recount that was completed…


Read the complete list of Condon’s transition team

Mayor-elect David Condon tonight released the names of about 80 people who will serve on five committees that make up his transition team. Here are the names, pretty much cut and paste from the announcement (except a couple spelling fixes): Public Safety Captain, Nancy Isserlis;…


Allen wins second count, but a third awaits

Former Councilman Mike Allen’s lead over incumbent Richard Rush grew by three to 91 on Wednesday after a recount of the Spokane City Council election for the city’s south district. The race was recounted by machine because the result from the first count was within…


Recounts moved to Wednesday

Spokane County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said this afternoon that sorting ballots for recounting took longer than expected. Therefore, the Spokane City Council recount between Richard Rush and Mike Allen and the 4th Legislative District Senate race between Jeff Baxter and Mike Padden won’t start…


State turnout for Nov. 8: 53 percent

OLYMPIA — Although Spokane County has some recounting to do, state officials certified the election results Monday for the Nov. 8 election. Anyone paying any attention knows how things came out: Initiative 1183, that gets the state out of the liquor business, passed big time….


Recounts start Tuesday

Spokane County election officials expect to start and complete on Tuesday the first two of the three recounts they need to complete to finish work from the November election. Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said the office plans to count the ballots from the Spokane City…


Rush-Allen recount will be done by hand

The final outcome of the City Council race for a seat representing south Spokane won’t be decided until next week. That’s when the Spokane County Election’s Office will recount ballots in a contest so close that state law required a second examination. Former Councilman Mike…


Why Verner lost: Part 3: Otto Zehm

It’s hard to imagine how Mayor Mary Verner could have lost so much ground between the primary and the November election without concerns about the Otto Zehm case eating at her base. With some members of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane expressing…


Why Verner lost: Part 2. A volunteer campaign short on cash

Just before conceding, Mayor Mary Verner published a scathing comment on Facebook about her opponent’s campaign which she said is a “turning point for the way campaigns are conducted in Spokane.” “David Condon’s race for a non-partisan local office was woven into a … larger…


Allen lead over Rush grows by 6

This post has been changed to correct the change in Allen’s lead. The race between Richard Rush and Mike Allen for Rush’s Spokane City Council seat representing the south district remains headed for a recount after the sixth day of counting. Allen’s lead grew by…


Why Verner lost: Part 1. Water rates

Condon correctly predicted outrage was coming on water rates. Even before summer bills were mailed, he began attacking the water rate restructuring. When the bills were opened, he already had defined himself as the candidate who opposed them. On its face, focusing on sewer rate…


Allen-Rush contest now within recount margin

The race between incumbent Councilman Richard Rush and former Councilman Mike Allen for Rush’s south Spokane City Council seat was sent within recount margins by counting on Tuesday. Only 92 votes now separate the two, and if the race remains within a half percentage point,…


Allen and Rush headed for recount? Prop 1 headed for defeat

A race for Spokane City Council inched closer to an automatic recount on Monday in the fourth day of ballot counting from the Nov. 8 election. Former Councilman Mike Allen’s lead over incumbent Richard Rush for a seat representing south Spokane fell by 17 votes…


Verner needs all 2,777 remaining ballots … to tie

Mayor-elect David Condon’s lead over Spokane Mayor Mary Verner grew slightly in counting on Monday. He now leads by 2,777 votes. Coincidentally, that’s the same number of votes left to count in the race.


Verner tells KXLY radio that Zehm, water rate campaign issues ‘don’t have a lot of substance’

Mayor Mary Verner’s interview last night with Mike Fitzsimmons on KXLY 920 AM has been making the rounds on Twitter today. And it’s worth a listen. Here’s some of what was said. The entire interview is in the link above. Verner: …I do know that…


Verner remains hopeful, but her chances are dim

Here’s are Verner’s statements to her supporters and repoters last night. The Spokane County Elections Office has reported that it received nearly 23,000 ballots in the mail today. There are 22,200 ballots left to count in the City of Spokane. For Verner to make a…


Mapping the election: Why Condon’s ahead

A look at the precinct breakdown for the City of Spokane Mayor’s race shows that incumbent Mary Verner carried the city’s central core, but challenger David Condon is leading her in precincts all around that center. And he’s winning big in some heavy voting precincts…


Washington votes to expand caregiver training again

Long-term care workers will get more training and face stiffer background checks under an initiative approved by voters.


Liquor initiative passes with widespread support

Washington voters have approved a plan to privatize liquor sales, siding with Costco in the costliest initiative campaign in state history.


Maybe they should go to all-mail elections

This just in from the AP: CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio election board says an employee bit a voter’s nose during an argument over a campaign sign. Cuyahoga County elections board director Jane Platten says the board identified the worker for Cleveland police trying to…