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Man accused of voting twice

A Stevens County man has been charged with a felony after investigators say he voted twice in the 2008 election.


Federal judges to rehear felony inmate voting case

A federal appeals court will reconsider a lawsuit that challenges Washington’s ban on felons voting while they’re in prison.


Court puts hold on felon voting

OLYMPIA – Voter registration drives may as well skip the state prisons for now. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put a temporary hold on its order that felons …


Wash. to appeal felon vote ruling to Supreme Court

Attorney General Rob McKenna and Secretary of State Sam Reed say they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court’s decision that would give Washington state felons …


Appeals court backs voting rights for felons

OLYMPIA – Incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rights Act, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The …


Fed judges: Wash. felony inmates should get vote

Incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rights Act, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.


Editorial: Petition gives Idaho voters what they want

Mail-in voting has become popular in the states that have adopted it, despite the lag times in tabulating ballots and posting final election results. Voters have made it clear that …


Gregoire wants more timely election results

Gov. Chris Gregoire cited Seattle’s drawn-out mayoral race Monday as the most recent example of why the state needs an earlier deadline for mail-in ballots.


Wash. Senate OKs bill to restore voting for felons

The Senate has approved a bill that would let tens of thousands of felons get their voting rights back sooner.


Honoring her final vote

Before Janet Westbrook died last month of cancer, she managed to fulfill one of her last wishes: to cast a vote for Barack Obama. Thanks to the Internet, a picture …


Elections will inaugurate county office

Kootenai County election clerk Deedie Beard predicts voters will turn out in good numbers for this fall’s city elections. She just hopes they know where to go. The county elections …


Know-Nothings Add Nothing Worthwhile Perverse Contribution People Too Lazy Or Too Uninformed To Vote Should Stay Home.

The city of Spokane routinely gets worked up about some trifle. If the locals aren’t wringing their hands because they think their town’s inferior to Seattle, they’re fretting about the …


Neglect Could Be Fatal To Democracy Cause For Alarm System Can’t Survive Much More Inattention.

Less than a fourth of Spokane County’s registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary election. Yawn. Dismal as it is, that wholesale abdication of civic duty is only half the …


Mail-In Ballot Stamps Out Civics

Elections officials think as many as 70 percent of Spokane County’s registered voters will cast ballots in next week’s statewide election. Imagine, 70 percent. That would be substantially higher than …


Oh, For A Polling Place

Quite aside from the enhanced opportunities for ballot fraud and the abandonment of the civic rituals of voting in public, there is a bright side to this month’s vote-by-mail election …


Is This A Ballot Or An Iq Test? Voting On Football Stadium May Be A Challenge For Some Voters

Spokane County voters have nearly two weeks to ponder their decision on Referendum 48, the proposal to build a football stadium in Seattle. Some voters may need that long to …


On The Record

They said it “I’m having trouble seeing why a homeowner without children should have to pay.” Rep. Jim Clark, on impact fees benefiitting school districts. Votes Here are some of …


Biting The Bullet And Casting The Ballot

Election Day diary: 6:45 a.m. - Got to run faster! I’m being chased by a hideous, snarling, three-headed beast. One head bears a striking resemblance to Bob Dole and keeps …


No Show ‘96: Americans Who Don’t Vote Could Nonvoters Change Results? Some Experts Say No Nonvoter Shave Very Similar Views To Voters

If the horde of people who don’t vote go to the polls this Nov. 5, it might not make much difference. Nonvoters and voters appear to hold very similar views …


House Votes To Increase Minimum Wage Moderate Republicans Break Ranks To Help Defeat Broad Exemptions

Moderate Republicans joined Democrats on Thursday to win House approval of a 90-cents-per-hour increase in the minimum wage, after defeating a Republican effort to exempt small businesses from all minimum …


Court Decision Erases Race-Based Boundaries It’s Severe Blow To Political Influence Wielded By Blacks, Latinos

The Supreme Court, with its conservative majority in charge, dealt a severe blow Thursday to the political power wielded by blacks and Latinos, ruling that the government may not use …


Oregon Considers Vote-By-Mail Bill State Would Be First To Hold Elections By Mail If Governor Approves Proposal

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is studying the historic vote-by-mail bill. Photo by Associated Press


Low-Income Votes Down In Last Election

Voting by low-income Americans was down sharply in the November elections that swept Republicans into control of Congress. Turnout was up for people making $50,000 or more. Overall turnout was …


County Sued Over Voting

A mother and son known for filing multiple lawsuits are suing Bingham County for not allowing them to vote in the precinct of their choice in last November’s election. Bethea …


‘Motor Voter’ Law Boosts Registrations

Nearly 2 million Americans have registered to vote since the “motor voter” law, easing registration, took effect almost five months ago, Attorney General Janet Reno said Friday. “The law promised …


Home Is Where The Vote Is

Cookies and ballots Marylee Schaffner, center, and Melody Wight. along with 2-year-old Samantha Wight, are ready to greet voters at the Wight residence Tuesday. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review


Appeals Court Blocks ‘Motor Voter’ Law

A federal appeals court has put a hold on enforcement of the national “motor voter” registration law, staying a judge’s order that Illinois must comply. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court …


Wilson’s Challenge To ‘Motor Voter’ Rejected

A federal judge Thursday rejected Gov. Pete Wilson’s challenge of the new “motor voter” law, which lets people register to vote when they apply for drivers’ licenses or welfare. The …


On The Record

They said it “Ladies and gentlemen, the emperor has no clothes.” - Rep. Mark Stubbs, R-Twin Falls, on Gov. Phil Batt’s tax plan. “I wouldn’t go so far as to …


Suits Prepared To Force States To Implement Motor Voter Law Reno Plans To Enforce Law Easing Voter Registration

Attorney General Janet Reno. File/Associated Press