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Ballots returns ahead of 2012, behind 2008

The count on returned ballots in Spokane County stood at 12.2 percent Wednesday morning.

That's significantly better than the state as a whole, which was 7.5 percent.

The Wednesday after the ballots are mailed out is often an interesting time to take the temperature of the electorate because by then, ballots have come in from those diligent, eager or early voters -- those who got their ballots and voted them either right away or on the first weekend when they had a little time.

The state doesn't have historic turn-in figures, but we here at Spin Control do for Spokane County. So we say that based on a similar benchmark -- just under two weeks until Election Day -- the county turn-in of 37,578 ballots so far is:

-- Slightly ahead of the percentage of total ballots mailed in the last presidential election. At this point in 2012, county voters had returned 34,206 ballots, which was 11.9 percent of the ballots mailed out that year. Registration is up by about 20,000 voters this year.

-- Noticeably behind the percentage, and the actual number of ballots, in the 2008 presidential election. At this point eight years ago, voters had returned 42,021 ballots, which was 16.2 percent of those registered.

In 2008, the final turnout was 85.5 percent of those registered. Four years later, it dropped to 79.5 percent. 

For Spokane County voters who have marked their ballot, want to save a stamp and are wondering where to turn it in, here's a list of drop box locations:

Location Address Zip Code
Elections Office 1033 W Gardner Avenue 99201
Airway Heights Library 1213 S Lundstrom Street 99001
Argonne Library 4322 N Argonne Road 99212
Cheney Library 610 First Street 99004
Deer Park Library 208 S Forest Avenue 99006
Downtown Spokane Library 906 W Main Avenue 99201
East Side Library 524 S Stone Street 99202
Fairfield Library 305 E Main Street 99012
Hillyard Library 4005 N Cook Street 99207
Indian Trail Library 4909 W Barnes Road 99208
Liberty Lake Library 23123 E Mission Avenue 99019
Medical Lake Library 321 E Herb Street 99022
Moran Prairie Library 6004 S Regal Street 99223
North Spokane Library 44 E Hawthorne Road 99218
Otis Orchards Library 22324 E Wellesley Avenue 99027
Shadle Park Library 2111 W Wellesley Avenue 99205
South Hill Library 3324 S Perry Street 99203
Spokane Valley Library 12004 E Main Avenue 99206
STA Plaza 701 W Riverside Avenue 99201


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