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Postmark those ballots: Tuesday is Election Day

MONDAY, NOV. 2, 2009, 5:07 P.M.

Tuesday is Election Day in Washington and Idaho. Although, the 2009 elections may not have as many momentous decisions as last year, voters still are being asked to decide a range of local races and issues.

Washington residents, who primarily vote by mail, must have them postmarked by Tuesday. To do that, elections officials suggest taking the ballot to a post office and asking a postal worker to have it postmarked, rather than depositing them in a neighborhood mailbox. Ballots can also be deposited before 8 p.m. at drop-off boxes set up in locations determined by county elections offices. No postage is needed for ballots placed in the drop-off boxes.

Most Idaho residents go to the polls, and polling stations in North Idaho are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All Washington voters have at least two ballot measures to decide. Initiative 1033 would place limits on spending for state, county and city governments; Referendum 71 asks whether an expansion of domestic partner benefits the Legislature passed earlier this year should be allowed to take effect.

Around Spokane County, cities and towns have elections for council positions, and some are electing mayors as well. School, fire and water districts have elections for boards, also. The city of Spokane has four ballot propositions, one for a $33 million fire bond and three connected to a series of amendments to the City Charter known as the Community Bill of Rights.

In southeastern Washington’s 9th Legislative District, a special election will fill a vacancy in the state House of Representatives.

In Kootenai County voters have several mayoral and city council races along with a countywide ballot measure regarding a jail expansion.


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