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No lie: Ballots in the mail

If you're a voter in Spokane County, chances are there's a ballot with your name on it somewhere in the U.S. postal system.

Spokane County mailed some 260,000 ballots this week for the special election on Feb. 14 (possible slogan: Mail your ballot when you mail your Valentine). They're going to the voters in most school districts in the county.

So many school districts are having special elections that it makes more sense to say who isn't. If you live in lthe Reardan-Edwall or the Orchard Prairie district, no election. Everyone else, election.

Weather has been a bit iffy, so give the postal service a few days to get the ballot to you. If the ballot hasn't shown up by next Friday, Feb. 3, give county elections a call at 477-2320 for a replacement.

Alert voters might also  notice something different about these ballots. The flap that used to seal the envelope and hide your signature is gone, because a law that governed that (yes, we have laws for such things) has changed. Not peeling the flap to check the signatures saves time, and time is money. While some voters might wonder how safe the envelopes are, county elections officials are confident that the mail boxes from the U.S. Postal Service and the drop boxes the Elections Office sets up are secure.

You've got until Feb. 14 to mail or drop off your ballot.

For a list of drop-box locations, click here to go inside the blog.

Drop Box Locations

Airway Heights Library              1213 S. Lundstrom St.
Argonne Library              4322 N Argonne Rd.
Cheney Library                            610 First St. 
Deer Park Library            208 S Forest Ave.
East Side Library                         524 S. Stone St.
Elections Office               1033 W. Gardner Ave.
Hillyard Library                           4005 N. Cook St.                            
Indian Trail Library        4909 W. Barnes Rd.
Liberty Lake Library                  23123 E Mission Ave.                   
Medical Lake Library     321 E Herb St.
Moran Prairie Library                 6004 S. Regal St.
North Spokane Library  44 E. Hawthorne
Otis Orchards Library                 22324 E Wellesley Ave.
Shadle Library                 2111 W. Wellesley Ave.
South Hill Library                        3324 S. Perry St.
Spok. Dwntwn Library   906 W. Main Ave.
Spokane Valley Library             12004 E Main Ave.
STA Plaza                         701 W. Riverside Ave.
Fairfield Library                           305 E Main St.

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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