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Ref 74 gets $25,000 from Brad Pitt

The campaign to pass same-sex marriage in Washington state got a contribution Wednesday that is far from it’s biggest, but may be from one of its most celebrated donors: Actor Brad Pitt. And you thought he was busy making perfume commercials. Pitt recently gave $100,000…


It’s Halloween. Take your signs down

It’s Halloween, which is great for the candy manufacturers, fun for the kids, but often terrible for campaign signs. Those placards on a stick are among the easiest targets for Halloween mischief. Mustaches and devils horns get spray-painted onto candidate faces, obscenities get scrawled on…


Where to take your ballot

In Spokane County, there’s a drop box at most public libraries, as well as a couple other spots. For a list, go inside the blog. For other Washington counties, click here to find the information on your county.


Baumgartner tied with Cantwell? Well, yes; but no

One of the dozens of e-mails in today’s Inbox had this tantalizing subject line: “Cantwell/Baumgartner tied in Social Media Buzz” A nice person from a public relations firm said she had some data on that race that might interest us: “According to a new media…


Registration up but ballots coming in slower

Spokane County has record voter registration this year, but it may not be on track to have a record turnout. Or “turn-in” if you prefer the more accurate description of how Washington states. A comparison of the rate of ballot returns up to today shows…


Spokane County voters rolls grow by 11,000 since Sept. 1

First, let me use this opportunity to promote the first of six election videos in the race for state House to replace state Rep. John Ahern. Look for the other videos featuring candidates Democrat Dennis Dellwo and Republican Jeff Holy throughout the week. Now on…


Washington residents: Register by today or sit this one out

Today is the absolute, no fooling, last day to register to vote in Washington. Any Washington citizen not registered by today will have to sit out this year’s general election, which is kind of a shame, considering all the political ads you’ll have to endure,…


Today’s fun videos: Long versions

Although television is full of 30-second campaign commercials, the Internet is awash in longer videos from diferent groups that have so much to say and show that it won’t fit in that restricted time frame. With a little extra time, they can go above and…


Dellwo vs. Holy, Introduction

Former state Rep. Dennis Dellwo, a Democrat, and attorney Jeff Holy, a Republican, make their case why their the best to represent the 6th Legislative District, in the state House. The district includes parts of the city of Spokane, and most of the West Plains.


Election reminder: Save your signs

Wednesday is Halloween. While it is mostly a holiday devoted to raising the blood sugar levels of small children, it is also a time when older youths wander around looking for trouble to get into. Among the easiest targets for such mischief are campaign yard…


About the results: Primary elections in the state of Washington utilize a “Top 2” election system. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the Primary advance to the General Election, regardless of their party preference. Both “winning” candidates (and uncontested candidates) for a given race are denoted with green checkmark in the Spokesman-Review Election Center results. (Judicial races are an exception to this rule; see below.)

Supreme Court races: As per Washington election law, a judicial candidate who receives more than half of the votes in a primary election wins the seat and does not have to run in the November general election. A judicial race between only two candidates will therefore decide that race. If a candidate in a race of three or more people wins with over 50% of the vote, they will win the seat; otherwise, the top two candidates will advance to the November general election.





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