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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Voter turnout steady so far in Spokane County, despite big increase in spending

Despite the unprecedented spending in this year’s municipal races, and a ballot filled with ideological opposites, the election of 2019 is on course to have the same voter turnout as …

Voting is a right often ignored and sometimes trampled

Voting is a right for all American citizens, but is often one of the most ignored rights, and occasionally one of the most trampled rights.

Spin Control: We’re No. 5! Not a great chant, but respectable

Washington ranked fifth in turnout for the 2018 midterm elections.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019

Almost half of young voters who signed up in 2018 didn’t cast ballots

About half the young voters in Spokane County who registered in 2018 didn’t vote in the general election.

Ballots not cast can still sway elections

Despite near-record turnout for the midterm, tens of thousands of Spokane County voters didn’t vote and that has implications for future elections.

Moscow considers additional polling stations

Following the highest voter turnout for midterm elections since 1994, Latah County officials – and some community members – are seeking additional polling stations in Moscow.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018

Spokane voting heavy in early balloting

Spokane County Elections Office seeing record returns of ballots in early voting.

Opponents of Macedonia name change cheer low voter turnout

A referendum on changing the nation of Macedonia’s name to North Macedonia to pave the way for NATO membership attracted tepid voter participation Sunday, a blow to the prime minister …

Yakima County voter turnout surpasses expectations, but still only about 35 percent of all registered voters voted

Local election officials had predicted a 30 percent turnout. Instead, with 34.2 percent of ballots returned as of Wednesday, Yakima County is on track to hit 35 percent.

Today’s primary: Seats up for grabs; results open to interpretation

The primary ballot is the gateway to the general election for candidates seeking federal, state and local offices, but the results are always open to interpretation. Ballots have to be …

Spin Control: Got an excuse for not voting? We’ve got a response.

Answers to frequent excuses for not voting in the primary.

Spin Control: Ballot returns lag behind 2014 primaries

For all the talk about a blue wave of voters that might wash over the 2018 elections, it seems appropriate to mention that turnout in this year’s primary is lagging …

Idaho gets highest primary voter turnout in 16 years

More than 30 percent of Idaho’s registered voters participated in this year’s primary election, marking the highest turnout in 16 years in a state that generally sees lower turnout in …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017

Record low turnout for November election

Nearly two-thirds of Washington voters sat out the Nov. 7 election, setting a new low mark for turnout.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

A political scientist has discovered a surprising way to increase voter turnout. It starts in childhood.

Political scientist finds that children who received social skills training were noticeably more likely to vote.

UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017

Still have your primary ballot? Time is running out.

Primary ballots are due by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Most voters still have theirs.

Washington election officials expect turnout to top 80 percent

State officials expect more than 80 percent of Washington voters to return their ballots for Tuesday’s election.

Washington voter turnout could break state records

Washington state is on pace to break voter-turnout record

Spin Control: Washington hits voter registration milestone, but record turnout not guaranteed

Washington passed an electoral milestone recently. How big of a deal will it be?

Turnout is candidates’ main goal leading into Monday’s Iowa caucuses

IOWA CITY, Iowa – From sounding duck calls to predicting the weather, presidential contenders are blanketing Iowa in a final frenzy to close the deal before Monday’s Iowa caucuses begin …

Ballots due today for primary election

Nearly four of five voters in Spokane County had not turned in their primary ballots as of Monday. That’s not very good, but it is a bit better than the …

Spin Control: Oregon’s new voter law misses the mark

OLYMPIA – The state of Oregon has some good-government types agog and aglow over its new law on voter registration. Perhaps that’s because the good-govs have had little to celebrate …

Editorial: Prepaid postage for ballots would boost voter participation

Washington should try putting the “mail” in mail-in voting by providing prepaid postage on ballot envelopes. Despite a relatively high turnout rate compared with other states, too many Washington voters …

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 …

Eye on Boise: Decline in voting has Idaho secretary of state ‘troubled’

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is predicting a 58 percent turnout in Tuesday’s general election – that’s 58 percent of registered voters, and is equal to roughly 39 to …

Washington election: Campaigns spending heavily as deadline nears

OLYMPIA – With control of the Washington Senate in the balance, legislative candidates could pull in record amounts of money, and some ballot measure campaigns are spending heavily as the …

Spin Control: Lawmakers reach compromise on lobbyist-bought food

OLYMPIA – A special panel made a great leap forward last week, coming to an agreement on defining one of the thorniest issues in legislative policy. Not tax policy or …

Closer races might help boost voter turnout

OLYMPIA – With Washington’s primary a mere 10 days away, the big question – after who’ll survive and go to the general election, of course – is how many voters …

County on track for 35-40 percent turnout in primary election

Slightly more than 30,000 ballots for the Aug. 5 primary had been returned to the Spokane County elections office by Thursday, pushing turnout to about 10.5 percent countywide. Elections Manager …

Spin Control: Low voter turnout defies general thinking

Conventional wisdom for campaign seasons like the one just passed says local elections help boost turnout for the statewide contests. Voting for people you might know, or at least have …