Ballots Will Be Sent Next Week | News
Election day is Tuesday November 6th this year and Spokane County elections officials are preparing for a busy election night.
More than 280,000 people are registered to vote this year in Spokane County.
"People will begin receiving ballots next week," said Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton.
The ballots have all been printed, tested and will be sent out on October 17th and 18th.
"As soon as we send them out, we start getting them in," said Dalton.
Dalton is expecting to see between 240,000 and 248,000 ballots returned this year.
"We'll check every single signature," said Dalton.
Counting of the ballots will be performed a little different this year than in the past.
"This year ballots will get to be run through the machine on Monday," said Dalton. "But we can't hit the totals button until 8:00 O'clock Tuesday.
The Washington Voters' pamphlet should be arriving early next week, before the ballots.
The pamphlet contains information for all the initiatives, referendums and state races along with congressional and legislative races.
The pamphlet does not include local measures. That information is available online at www.spokanecounty.org/elections.
"The last day for a new registration in person is Monday, October 29th," said Dalton. "We'd really like to stress not to wait."
If you haven't registered, you can do so at the elections office located at 1033 W. Gardner.
Dalton also says it's very important for voters to get their ballot returned quickly.
"We want to count every ballot."
New, larger drop-off boxes will be used this year and emptied several times on Election Day.
"Mark your ballot, get it in, don't wait until 8, don't be late," said Dalton, urging people to make sure their ballots are counted.
Another suggestion from Dalton is to check the last pickup time if you're planning to drop you ballot in a Postal Service Drop Box on election day.
If the last pickup time is too early, your ballot may not be postmarked in time for it to be counted.
"We want to be able to count that ballot," said Dalton.