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What if your ballot hasn’t arrived? Take your cue from this Liberty Lake woman

After Gail Gering didn't receive her ballot this month, she called the Spokane County Elections Office to find out why. Her story should urge all voters to be diligent about checking their registration status, and contact local election officials if they haven't received their ballot by the middle of this week. 

Observing the elections process already is common here in Washington

In Washington, poll watching looks a little different because the entire state votes by mail, but county auditors do allow observers into ballot processing centers. It's a process that local parties call an important check to the system but not because of widespread fraud.

Game of chance to break tie in Fairfield Town Council race

Both Steven Walk and Dave Watling received 78 votes in the Nov. 5 contest to represent the town of roughly 600 residents. That means a game of chance involving numbered balls and a milk bottle will determine who assumes office next year.

Ten misconceptions about registering to vote, submitting a ballot in Washington

The process of registering to vote and casting a ballot in Washington state has several distinctive features, which can create some confusion after a resident moves to a new address from either within state borders or from another state with different electoral laws. Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton, who’s served 20 years in the office and is among the longest-serving elected auditors in the state, provided a list of common misunderstandings in the process, from applying for a ballot through casting it. Misconception No. 1) If I notify one agency of my new address, others will automatically get the memo.