Washington state posted a record 85 percent voter turnout last year, thanks to intense interest in the heated Obama-McCain presidential race as well as the repeat Gregoire-Rossi gubernatorial contest. No such star-caliber showdowns are at stake this year – and similar voter traffic is not expected. Secretary of State Sam Reed has predicted a 51 percent turnout statewide, calling it “respectable,” which is to say on par with other odd-year voter turnouts.
Among other decisions that will be rendered in Tuesday’s election, communities in Washington and Idaho will be choosing local officials who govern the towns and cities where they work, live, shop and play. If about half of the voters take part in those decisions, about half don’t.
It’s sad that we would be satisfied if only half the registered voters participate in an election where they have the greatest impact.
For those who do plan to vote but haven’t yet turned in their ballots, the following is a recap of The Spokesman-Review’s endorsements for Tuesday’s election. The full editorials can be found online at www.spokesman.com/tags/ 2009-election-endorsements.
Initiative 1033: No
Referendum 71: Yes
House of Representatives, 9th District: Susan Fagan (R)
City of Spokane
Proposition 1 (Fire bond): Yes
Proposition 4 (Community Bill of Rights): No
Municipal Court judge: Tracy Staab
City Council, District 1: Amber Waldref
City Council, District 2: Mike Allen
City Council, District 3: Nancy McLaughlin
City of Spokane Valley
City Council, Position 1: Diana Wilhite
City Council, Position 2: Ian Robertson
City Council, Position 5: Richard Munson
Half-cent sales tax: Yes
City of Post Falls
Library consolidation: Yes
City of Coeur d’Alene
Mayor: Sandi Bloem
City Council, Seat 2: Mike Kennedy
City Council, Seat 4: Woody McEvers
City Council, Seat 6: Deanna Goodlander
Spokane Public Schools
Director Position 3: Jeff Bierman
Director Position 4: Rocky Treppiedi