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  • Evan McMullin supporters pursue ‘Hail Mary’ Electoral College gambit

    Filing to name people who’d vote for independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin at the Electoral College gives supporters a chance to talk about “what if.”


  • Effort to check voter rolls dropped

    OLYMPIA – Washington can’t use immigrant registration records from the U.S. Homeland Security Department to verify names on its voter rolls, state elections officials said Tuesday. The reason: The state …


  • Spin Control: Once-in-a-lifetime vote is a quadrennial event

    If you haven’t heard this yet, you will soon. A politician will proclaim this the Most Important Election in your lifetime. Or in a generation. Or since World War II. …


  • New Washington voting districts will stand for 2012

    OLYMPIA – Washington voters will choose candidates this fall for the new congressional and legislative districts drawn by a special commission, the state Supreme Court said Wednesday. Whether those districts …


  • Secretary of State Reed retiring at end of term

    OLYMPIA – Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed will retire in early 2013 after three terms in that office and more than 34 years as an elected official. Reed, a …


  • Editorial: No need to reinstate meaningless primary

    This week’s parade of candidates to the Spokane County Auditor’s Office to file for ballot positions in the forthcoming primary election still seems a little rushed after so many years …


  • State skips presidential primary

    OLYMPIA – There will be no presidential primary in Washington state next year. A law signed Thursday cancels the primary mandated by a voter initiative in 1989. That move will …


  • MAC rescue plan criticized

    OLYMPIA – Keeping Spokane’s Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture open with funding from a new “mega-agency” was criticized Thursday by state officials, librarians, Native American tribes and advocates for …


  • Editorial: Cutting presidential primary makes sense

    Even in a hearty economy, writing a state budget demands prioritization. This year it’s more like triage. So when Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed and Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed …


  • Legislators seeking money for the MAC

    OLYMPIA – A proposal to keep museums in Spokane and Tacoma open by tapping a savings account for a new Heritage Center in Olympia was introduced Thursday in the Washington …


  • Assisted suicide initative foes lose U.S. Supreme Court appeal

    OLYMPIA – The U.S. Supreme Court answered once and for all Tuesday whether a conservative group can hide the names of donors to a campaign against an assisted suicide initiative. …


  • Equipment, legalities create ballot-counting bottlenecks

    Washington’s election system has many virtues, but speed isn’t one of them. Only 40.6 percent of last month’s Spokane County general election ballots were counted on election night.


  • State’s hodgepodge primary system is ignored – until it’s endangered

    OLYMPIA – One casualty of the state’s budget woes could be the 2012 presidential preference primary. It’s on the block in Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget proposal, and a good fiscal …


  • Former Senate majority leader dies

    WALLA WALLA – Former state Senate Majority Leader Jeannette Hayner has died at the age of 91. The Walla Walla Republican served in the state House of Representatives from 1973-1977 …


  • State takes blame for election website crashes

    Washington has killer election websites when they work. “There is no state in the country that has this sophisticated an election-night reporting system,” state Elections Director Nick Handy said.


  • Appellate court upholds inmate voting ban

    OLYMPIA – Washington state does not discriminate against minorities by denying prison inmates the right to vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. In an 11-0 ruling …


  • Appeals court turns down prison voting

    OLYMPIA - Inmates in Washington state prisons don’t have a constitutional right to vote in elections, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today.


  • Primary costs multiplied by precinct committee officer races

    Local taxpayers shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars in the Aug. 17 primary to help political parties elect their precinct committee officers. The primary would have cost taxpayers in …


  • Reed discusses Washington elections and future of voting

    Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, a Republican in his third term, sat down recently with The Spokesman-Review to talk about the upcoming election. Reed has been a champion for …


  • Referendum 71 signature case pits privacy, disclosure

    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a Washington state case in which religious conservatives fear retaliation from gay rights groups if the names of the …


  • Washington secretary of state diagnosed with cancer

    Secretary of State Sam Reed has been diagnosed with kidney cancer and will undergo surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle on Monday. He is expected to make a …


  • McKenna to take felon voting to high court

    OLYMPIA – Washington state wants the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether it has to give felons in prison the right to vote. State Attorney General Rob McKenna said Wednesday …


  • Wash. to appeal felon vote ruling to Supreme Court

    Attorney General Rob McKenna and Secretary of State Sam Reed say they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court’s decision that would give Washington state felons …


  • Washington officials unveil MyVote Web site

    With ballots for Washington’s top-two primary streaming in to county elections offices, state officials are unveiling a Web site to help voters with their ballots and registration. The new site, …


  • Earlier primary supported by Reed

    Washington could join about two dozen other states with a Feb. 5 presidential primary next year. Secretary of State Sam Reed, the chief elections officer, said Monday he will recommend …


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