Voter registration deadline is near
Washington residents who aren’t registered to vote but want to cast a ballot in the Nov. 4 election are running out of time.
Saturday is the deadline to register the easiest way, by filling out a form and mailing it in. After that, would-be voters will have to make a special trip to their county Elections Office to register in person.
Voter registration forms can be found at most local government offices and libraries. They also can be found at several Internet sites, including the newspaper’s Web site at www.spokes manreview.com/elections/2008/tools/ voterguide/, where they can be printed out, filled in and mailed to elections officials.
Voters must be American citizens and at least 18 years of age. Convicted felons can’t register unless they’ve had their rights restored.
In Idaho, residents can register on Election Day.
Name being taken off Bonner County ballots
Election officials in North Idaho are altering nearly 25,000 election ballots after the name of a state Senate candidate who had withdrawn from the race appeared on printed ballots for the Nov. 4 election.
Bonner County Clerk Marie Scott said Democrat Lew Langness notified the Idaho secretary of state about his withdrawal, but that his name remained on the state’s list of certified candidates.
She said the mistake was corrected but not before Bonner County had already placed its printing order for 24,550 ballots that it received on Friday.
Deputy clerks, bailiffs and other courthouse personnel are using straightedges and red ink pens to strike out Langness’ name from the ballots before the Nov. 4 election.
Voters invited to submit questions for candidates
Candidates for governor and Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District will participate in televised debates next month, and voters are being asked to suggest questions.
Gov. Chris Gregoire and GOP challenger Dino Rossi, and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her Democratic opponent Mark Mays have agreed to participate in debates sponsored by The Spokesman-Review and KSPS-TV. The gubernatorial debate will air Oct. 9 and the congressional debate Oct. 16, both at 7 p.m. on Channel 7. Both will be covered by The Spokesman-Review with audio and video available on spokesmanreview.com, and broadcast on KJRB 790 AM.
Some questions in each debate will come from area voters. Questions for either set of candidates can be sent to Debate questions, c/o Newsroom, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210, or e-mailed to email@example.com. Include your name, address and a daytime phone number; debate organizers may contact you for further information.