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This is a map of the turnout statistics in Spokane County after the votes were counted on election night (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: Spokane County turnout

Spokane County turnout currently stands at 35.5 percent, which isn't very good, but there are still plenty of ballots to count. But as the map above shows, it wasn't consistent across the county, with much lower turnout in many of the city of Spokane precincts,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014

One in 3 WA ballots in so far 

One in three ballots in Washington state have been returned to county elections offices statewide. Spokane County is slightly better, at 39 percent. If you still have yours and are looking for a little help to make your final picks, scroll down to the last...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 25, 2014

TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2014

Two-thirds of voters skipped primary 

Less than one in three. That's the final statewide turnout of voters for the Aug. 5 primary, which stands at a smidgen over 31 percent. Spokane County did marginally better, at 35.3 percent with the final count certified this afternoon. At least it moved up...

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MONDAY, AUG. 4, 2014

Time running out on those ballots 

If you still have your primary ballot somewhere around the house, well you're pretty much like most people in Washington. Less than a fourth of all ballots in Spokane County had been returned as of Monday morning, and elections officials' optimistic scenario has a turnout...

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Spokane County turnout nudges past 10%

Slightly more than 30,000 ballots for the Aug. 5 primary have been returned to the Spokane County elections office. That pushes turnout -- or turn in, to be more precise -- to about 10.5 percent countywide. County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said the county is...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 20, 2013

County primary turnout comes up deuces

Twenty-two point twenty.two That's the percenage of turnout for those areas of Spokane County that had something on their ballot in the August primary. About halfway between one voter in five and one voter in four. Not quite abysmal, but definitely not very impressive. Precinct-by-precinct,...

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TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

Primary turnout low one week out

Of the nearly 200,000 ballots Spokane County sent to voters this month, only about one in eight has come back in with one week left in the primary election for many local offices. Admittedly the primary ballot in many areas is short. Only two of...

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More signatures needed for initiatives

OLYMPIA -- The turnout was down slightly in Washington state compared to the 2008 presidential election, but the number of ballots cast was up. That means the number of signatures needed for initiatives and referenda goes up next year. Huh? We explain inside the blog....

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012

TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2012

TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2012

It's a wrap: Primary vote certified 

Even the closest of races have been over for more than a week, but the process of reaching the final election tallies for the Washington state primary just concluded on Tuesday afternoon. The final turnout: A lower than forecast 38.5 percent statewide, and 38.85 percent...

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MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

Primary turnout could be low

The presidential campaign has been in the news for months and political commercials are starting to crowd other products off the airwaves, but Washington's voters seem less enthusiastic than normal about next month's state primary. Ballots that were mailed to overseas and military voters in...

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MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2011

State turnout for Nov. 8: 53 percent

OLYMPIA -- Although Spokane County has some recounting to do, state officials certified the election results Monday for the Nov. 8 election. Anyone paying any attention knows how things came out: Initiative 1183, that gets the state out of the liquor business, passed big time....

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MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2011

One-third of Spokane ballots in

Spokane County Elections Office says it has received slighly more than 89,500 ballots, or 33.66 percent of all the ballots it sent out a couple weeks ago. That's counting nearly 10,000 that came in today's mail or the pickup of weekend deposits in drop boxes....

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TUESDAY, AUG. 16, 2011

Unusual voting stat 

A quick check of turnout through this morning at the Spokane County elections office reveals the following: Turnout for the City of Spokane as a whole is 23 percent, which is nothing to write home about. Turnout is lowest in the Council District 1, the...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 13, 2010

We'll get the ballots counted -- just chill 

One sure sign that fall is easing into winter is that political types are complaining about how long it takes to count ballots in Washington state.This rant usually starts about three days after an election, when the results of most races have been known for...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 5, 2010

Turnout higher than expected

OLYMPIA -- Turnout for last Tuesday's election is higher than expected and may set a record for a mid-year election, Secretary of State Sam Reed said today.State elections officials were projecting a turnout of 66 percent for the mid-term, but are now revising that upwards...

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