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Tuesday, July 7, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane turnout ahead of the state

Washington voters are not exactly wearing out the path to the post office or drop box to get their ballots in. As of Wednesday, the Secretary of State's office reported 147,677 had found their way back to county elections offices around the state. That's 3.7 percent of all the ballots mailed out last week.

Spokane County is doing better, with 6 percent, or 17,277 ballots in by Wednesday.

A possible point of pride for Spokane: while that's not the highest percentage of ballots returned of any county, it is the highest percentage for any county with more than 50,000 voters. Several of the smaller counties have a better turnout percentage, but are helped by the fact that the number by which they are dividing is smaller, so a few more ballots go a long way to helping with turnout.

Turn-in for the city of Spokane is a shade over 6 percent, higher in Council District 2, which is the south side, and lower in the northeast's Council District 1, which also has significantly fewer registered voters. Turn-in for the city of Spokane Valley is at 5 percent.

Plenty of time left. Ballots don't have to be postmarked or deposited in a drop box until the evening of Nov. 3.

Want to geek out on the local numbers? Click here.

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