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Voter registration deadline is today

Washington state residents must be registered to vote by today to cast a ballot in the Nov. 2 general election.

All registered voters in Eastern Washington should have received their ballots in the mail by now. People can check their registration status at or and select the “My Vote” icon.

Or, they can call or visit their county auditor’s office.

In Spokane, the County Elections Office is located at 1033 W. Gardner Ave.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information, call the County Elections Office at (509) 477-2320.

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James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.