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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 …


Spin Control: Enough already with oohs, aahs over young vote

After listening to decades of hype about young voters, I have a request. Don’t bug me about Rock the Vote, unless it’s something akin to “Rock Around the Clock” the …


Primary dominated by older voters, data show

If you don’t like the choices produced by Washington’s Aug. 17 primary, you have two choices: • Blame voters over 55, who cast most of the ballots.


Spin Control: Look at law can calm fuss over ballot waiver

Have you heard that lunkheads in Washington state are trying to take away that most precious right of our brave men and women dodging bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan? And …


Incumbents persevere, but challenges await

Thousands of votes are still to be counted from Tuesday’s primary, but along with most races, some lessons are clear. Lesson 1: It may be uncomfortable to be an incumbent …


Obama to campaign for Murray Tuesday in Seattle

President Barack Obama plans to stop in Seattle on Tuesday to campaign for Sen. Patty Murray.


Elections boss: Effort precedes machine counting of ballots

About half of Spokane County voters in Tuesday’s mail-in primary probably have returned their ballots. Typically, though, the rest wait until election day to cast their ballots, according to elections …


Vacationing voters give candidates a tough job

Among the most thankless jobs in the world is that of a political candidate in Washington state in the weeks before the August primary. The ability to continue the noble …


Ballots must be sent by Tuesday

More than 20 percent of ballots mailed to Spokane County voters for Tuesday’s primary election have been returned so far.


Man accused of voting twice

A Stevens County man has been charged with a felony after investigators say he voted twice in the 2008 election.


Federal judges to rehear felony inmate voting case

A federal appeals court will reconsider a lawsuit that challenges Washington’s ban on felons voting while they’re in prison.


Court puts hold on felon voting

OLYMPIA – Voter registration drives may as well skip the state prisons for now. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put a temporary hold on its order that felons …


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 …


Appeals court backs voting rights for felons

OLYMPIA – Incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rights Act, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The …


Fed judges: Wash. felony inmates should get vote

Incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rights Act, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.


Editorial: Petition gives Idaho voters what they want

Mail-in voting has become popular in the states that have adopted it, despite the lag times in tabulating ballots and posting final election results. Voters have made it clear that …


Gregoire wants more timely election results

Gov. Chris Gregoire cited Seattle’s drawn-out mayoral race Monday as the most recent example of why the state needs an earlier deadline for mail-in ballots.


Wash. Senate OKs bill to restore voting for felons

The Senate has approved a bill that would let tens of thousands of felons get their voting rights back sooner.


Honoring her final vote

Before Janet Westbrook died last month of cancer, she managed to fulfill one of her last wishes: to cast a vote for Barack Obama. Thanks to the Internet, a picture …


Elections will inaugurate county office

Kootenai County election clerk Deedie Beard predicts voters will turn out in good numbers for this fall’s city elections. She just hopes they know where to go. The county elections …


Know-Nothings Add Nothing Worthwhile Perverse Contribution People Too Lazy Or Too Uninformed To Vote Should Stay Home.

The city of Spokane routinely gets worked up about some trifle. If the locals aren’t wringing their hands because they think their town’s inferior to Seattle, they’re fretting about the …


Neglect Could Be Fatal To Democracy Cause For Alarm System Can’t Survive Much More Inattention.

Less than a fourth of Spokane County’s registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary election. Yawn. Dismal as it is, that wholesale abdication of civic duty is only half the …


Oh, For A Polling Place

Quite aside from the enhanced opportunities for ballot fraud and the abandonment of the civic rituals of voting in public, there is a bright side to this month’s vote-by-mail election …


Mail-In Ballot Stamps Out Civics

Elections officials think as many as 70 percent of Spokane County’s registered voters will cast ballots in next week’s statewide election. Imagine, 70 percent. That would be substantially higher than …


Is This A Ballot Or An Iq Test? Voting On Football Stadium May Be A Challenge For Some Voters

Spokane County voters have nearly two weeks to ponder their decision on Referendum 48, the proposal to build a football stadium in Seattle. Some voters may need that long to …


On The Record

They said it “I’m having trouble seeing why a homeowner without children should have to pay.” Rep. Jim Clark, on impact fees benefiitting school districts. Votes Here are some of …


Biting The Bullet And Casting The Ballot

Election Day diary: 6:45 a.m. - Got to run faster! I’m being chased by a hideous, snarling, three-headed beast. One head bears a striking resemblance to Bob Dole and keeps …


No Show ‘96: Americans Who Don’t Vote Could Nonvoters Change Results? Some Experts Say No Nonvoter Shave Very Similar Views To Voters

If the horde of people who don’t vote go to the polls this Nov. 5, it might not make much difference. Nonvoters and voters appear to hold very similar views …


House Votes To Increase Minimum Wage Moderate Republicans Break Ranks To Help Defeat Broad Exemptions

Moderate Republicans joined Democrats on Thursday to win House approval of a 90-cents-per-hour increase in the minimum wage, after defeating a Republican effort to exempt small businesses from all minimum …


Court Decision Erases Race-Based Boundaries It’s Severe Blow To Political Influence Wielded By Blacks, Latinos

The Supreme Court, with its conservative majority in charge, dealt a severe blow Thursday to the political power wielded by blacks and Latinos, ruling that the government may not use …