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Ada County to use upgraded voting system for 2016 election

A county in southwestern Idaho has updated its voting equipment in anticipation of the 2016 presidential election. The Idaho Statesman reports that voters in Boise and other Ada County locations …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2015

372 voters in north Spokane County will get extra ballot

Extra ballot will soon arrive to 372 voters in north Spokane County to correct an error made on their ballots for the Nov 3 election. The voters live in an …


Spin Control: Wrongdoing, not offensive words, is basis for a recall

OLYMPIA – As Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing continues to suffer the slings and arrows from outrageous comment, it’s not uncommon for a supporter to call or write the paper …


Spin Control: Wet behind the ears on poll tax claim

OLYMPIA – A wise old pol once explained why changing the election system is difficult: The people who must agree to make the change all got their jobs through the …


Clark: Top 10 reasons why mail-in ballots are more fun

Being a stodgy traditionalist, I’ve groused and griped plenty about Washington’s vote-by-mail system. Sure, I realize our impoverished postal system needs to sell every stamp it can.


County voting at slower pace than in 2008

Spokane County has a record number of registered voters this year, but unlike most presidential years that may not result in record turnout. A comparison of ballots returned through Tuesday …


WSU, UW could expand investments if bill passes

A constitutional amendment on this year’s ballot could help Washington State University earn a little more investment income in the future. If approved, Senate Joint Resolution 8223 would allow WSU …


Voter choices abundant on lengthy primary ballot

Washington’s Aug. 7 primary offers voters a long ballot, with some familiar names and even more that most won’t recognize. All voters have nine choices for governor, eight for U.S. …


Ballot return rate low for state primary

The presidential campaign has been in the news for months and political commercials are starting to crowd other products off the airwaves, but Washington voters seem less enthusiastic than usual …


Spin Control: Not everyone wants voter registration tweaks

OLYMPIA – Washington voters have a very good track record of casting ballots – among the best in the country. Is it perfect? No. Could it be better? Yes. Are …


Verner’s winning margin unrivaled for sitting mayor

In Spokane, where voters routinely chew up and spit out their chief elected officials after one term, Mayor Mary Verner’s primary win Tuesday was rare. But to finish with nearly …


Sprague-Appleway couplet fate heads to ballot

After lengthy debate Monday, the Spokane Valley City Council voted 5-2 to put the conversion of one-way Sprague Avenue and Appleway Boulevard between Argonne and University roads on the November …


Sprague ballot plan gets mixed reception

The proposal to add one-way Sprague Avenue to the November ballot got mixed reviews at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting, with most council members for it and two members …


Ballot questions clarify, change City Charter

When Spokane ballots arrive in the mail this week, the largest chunk of paper will be filled with a series of questions that have received little attention. In May, the …


Equipment, legalities create ballot-counting bottlenecks

Washington’s election system has many virtues, but speed isn’t one of them. Only 40.6 percent of last month’s Spokane County general election ballots were counted on election night.


Spin Control: Pace of ballot counting sure gets the dander up

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 …


Ballot envelopes disputed over auditor’s name, status

A Republican complaint to the state Public Disclosure Commission accuses Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton of electioneering by printing her name prominently on ballot envelopes. Dalton dismisses the complaint out …


Many Idaho voters undecided about sales tax breaks

Idahoans favor reform of the state’s tax structure, but the path to change is full of obstructions. In a Spokesman-Review poll done in collaboration with six other daily newspapers in …


Idaho reminding voters of photo ID law

BOISE – The state is launching a campaign next month to remind Idaho voters that under a new law, they must provide photo identification to cast their ballots. Billboard advertisements …


Spin Control: Look at law can calm fuss over ballot waiver

Have you heard that lunkheads in Washington state are trying to take away that most precious right of our brave men and women dodging bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan? And …


GOP questions ballot security in letter to county auditor

Republican Party leaders expressed concerns this week about the security of ballots mailed during the August primary to the Spokane County elections office. County party Chairwoman Cindy Zapotocky wrote county …


Elections boss: Effort precedes machine counting of ballots

About half of Spokane County voters in Tuesday’s mail-in primary probably have returned their ballots. Typically, though, the rest wait until election day to cast their ballots, according to elections …


Ballots on the way for Aug. 17 primary

If you’re wondering why political commercials on television and the radio are starting to increase and campaign signs are sprouting like dandelions all over the community, the answer is simple: …


Ballots due today on EMS levy extension

Ballots are due today for the city of Spokane’s proposed emergency medical services levy.


Special election ballots due today

Balloting in six school districts and Fire Protection District No. 4 in Spokane County closes today in a special election.


Today’s postmark a must on mail-ins

It’s Election Day in Washington and Idaho. Although the 2009 elections may not have as many momentous decisions as last year, voters are being asked to decide a range of …


Vote by mail just doesn’t stir passion

Ballots for the Nov. 3 general election were mailed out the other day. All across Spokane County, voters have now received their ballots and carefully put them aside in a …


Voters have one more day to cast ballots

Voters in nine Spokane area school districts and the city of Spokane have tax measures they are being asked to cast ballots on by Tuesday evening.


Election officials mailing out ballots

A record number of ballots are in the mail in Spokane and Kootenai counties. Spokane and other Washington counties began mailing out their ballots on Wednesday. In Spokane, where a …


Their Votes Counted - In Wrong District Computer Glitch Placed 33 Voters In Wrong District

A handful of voters on a quiet lane in Hayden have been voting for all the wrong people. Literally.