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General election ballots due Tuesday


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No more time to debate who has the most mean-spirited television ads.
No more time to try to figure out the difference between Initiative 1100 and 1105.

And certainly no more time to try to squeeze in another Daryl Romeyn vs. Cathy McMorris Rodgers debate.

No, the only thing left to do now is figure out when and how you plan on getting your ballot in the hands of the Spokane County Elections Office. But you better have an idea by Tuesday, Nov. 2, the date of the general election.

Of course, you can drop ballots off any day up to Tuesday. Just make sure the contents of the mailbox will be picked up and postmarked by that day.
If you want to save the 44 cents for postage, you can drop off you ballots at any number of local drop-off boxes. Your local library – including the Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Argonne and Otis Orchards branches – will have a box outside. Ballots may also be dropped off at the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza downtown (701 W. Riverside) or at the county elections office (1033 W. Gardner). Just keep in mind the final pickup of ballots will be 8 p.m. on Election Day – no ballots will be accepted after then.

Want to hand your ballot in to a person or still have voting-related questions? You may want to come by one of the various “voter service centers” set up by the elections office on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Locally, a service center will be located at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Other locations include the STA Plaza or the elections office.

The following initiatives and candidates appear on the general election ballot:

  • Initiative 1053, concerning two-thirds of the Legislature approval for tax increases
  • I-1082, concerning private industrial insurance
  • I-1098, concerning a state income tax for those making above $200,000
  • I-1100 and 1105, concerning privatizing liquor sales
  • I-1107, concerning ending legislative-approved taxes on candy and bottled water
  • Referendum 52, concerning funding for energy efficiency in schools
  • Joint Resolution 8225, concerning the limitation on state debt
  • Joint Resolution 4220, concerning the denial of bail for those faced with life imprisonment
  • U.S. Senator, Patty Murray (incumbent Democrat) vs. Dino Rossi (Republican)
  • U.S. Representative, 5th District, Cathy McMorris Rodgers (incumbent, R) vs. Daryl Romeyn (D)
  • County Commissioner, District 3, Bonnie Mager (incumbent Democrat) vs. Al French (R)
  • County Assessor, Ralph Baker (incumbent, R) vs. Vicki Horton (R)
  • County Auditor, Vicky Dalton (incumbent, D) vs. Leonard Christian (R)
  • County Prosecutor, Frank Malone (D) vs. Steve Tucker (incumbent, R)
  • County Treasurer, D.E. “Skip” Chilberg (incumbent, D) vs. Rob Chase (R).

Ballots will receive a first count on Tuesday evening. The election is not certified until Tuesday, Nov. 23.
For more information, visit www.spokanecounty.org/elections.

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