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:
|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|