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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Tight Spokane races stay that way after more votes are counted, remain too close to call

County elections officials offered an updated tally of the votes on Wednesday that was good news for those held a lead after the initial results rolled in on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018

Washington saw most ballots ever cast in midterm election

Washington nearly set records for turnout and the number of ballots cast in a statewide election.


Spokane County ballot returns continue at record pace

Ballot returns continue heavy in Spokane and some other Eastern Washington counties.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018

Spokane County reports unprecedented early returns of ballots

The first Monday after ballots were sent out for the November election brought thousands of returns, including one with a bite out of it.


Spin Control: Primary turnout strong in Eastern Washington

Does better voter turnout depend on postage-paid ballots, or competitive races?


UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018

Number of Bloomsday finishers shrinks for seventh straight year, lowest since 1985

Preliminary estimates showed 38,187 people crossed the Bloomsday finish line on Sunday, marking the seventh straight year that participation has declined. That figure, which is subject to change because of …


Low turnout worries politicians as Lebanon voting ends

Lebanon’s first national elections in nine years were marked by a tepid turnout Sunday, reflecting voter frustration over endemic corruption and a stagnant economy. Politicians urged citizens to vote and …


Egyptians vote for a second day amid signs of low turnout

Turnout appeared low on Tuesday as Egyptians voted on the second day of an election that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is virtually certain to win, after all serious rivals were either …


In Egypt’s election, turnout provides the only suspense

This week’s presidential election in Egypt is not about who wins – that was settled long ago – but about how many people bother to cast ballots.


Spin Control: Lesson for candidates: Know where the votes are

The results of the 2017 election hold a lesson for Spokane-area candidates to study if they want to maximize their chances in 2018.


Editorial: Voter motivation is key to better turnout

Getting getting people to actually vote remains a tough nut to crack. This should give pause to any plans to alter election logistics to encourage participation.


Spin Control: Final election stat: Record ballots, but not record turnout

Spokane voters cast more ballots than ever. So why didn’t it have record turnout?


Idaho voter turnout likely 75 to 80 percent

Idaho voter turnout likely was 75 to 80 percent of registered voters in Tuesday’s election, according to the Idaho secretary of state’s office.


Idaho primary turnout: Just 23% of registered voters

Turnout in Idaho’s May 17 primary election was just 23 percent of registered voters statewide.


Spin Control: Spin Control: That was the election that was

A look at some highlights and low-lifes of the past election


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015

Spin Control: Plenty of reasons to vote, lots of help to decide how

Ballot returns are pretty low. Here’s some help for voters who have questions.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015

Washington ballots for Nov. 3 election are in mail

Elections officials across the state are putting ballots for the general election in the mail


More men than women voted in November in Washington

Washington’s 2014 general election may go down in the books as the year of the male Republican voter. For the first time in a while – it’s not quite clear …


Idaho voter turnout ‘abysmal’ at 38 percent

BOISE – As Idaho certified its election results Wednesday, it became official: This year was the first time that less than 40 percent of the voting-age population cast ballots in …


Analysis: Election results suggest redder future for Spokane County

There was a point Tuesday night when Spokane-area Democrats gathered to watch the election returns had little to cheer about except the likely passage of a statewide initiative requiring broader …


Catherine Rampell: Women a valuable asset at the polls

In their denouncements of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women — the so-called “Beyoncé voter” demographic, as …


Votes reveal political map

A voting district southeast of the Spokane Valley city limits can bask in the bright red glow of being the county’s most conservative Republican precinct. Part of Browne’s Addition, just …


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 …


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 …


Low vote turnout in Idaho feared

Much is at stake in Idaho’s May 15 primary election, from hotly contested county races to every seat in the Legislature. Because Republicans so completely dominate state politics, many of …


Few voters cast ballots

Despite a lot of campaign spending and generous doses of controversy, Spokane Valley’s City Council elections last month failed to generate as much turnout as the Liberty Lake Sewer and …


Robust early voting points to record year

Before the polls open this morning, a majority of Spokane County voters already will have cast their ballots and a record number of Kootenai County residents will have voted absentee. …


State hopes young-voter turnout keeps rising

BOISE – Turnout among Idaho’s youngest voters is on the rise, and Secretary of State Ben Ysursa wants that to continue. “The idea is to get young adults interested and …