The general election for Spokane County and the consolidated election for Kootenai County will take place on Tuesday, November 2nd.
SPOKANE COUNTY, Washington – The general election for Spokane County and the consolidated election for Kootenai County will take place on Tuesday, November 2nd.
Races that are on the Spokane County ballot include Spokane and the Spokane Valley City Council, as well as the Spokane Public Schools Board and Central Valley School District Board of Directors positions. In the district of Kootenai, voters will cast their votes in races for mayors, city councils and school administrators, among others.
Ballot papers for the Spokane County elections were sent out by October 15, according to the Spokane County Election Bureau. The election results will be available after 8 p.m. on November 2nd.
KREM 2 spoke to Spokane County’s chartered accountant Vicky Dalton about best voting practices. Dalton oversees elections in Spokane County and will speak about how to ensure everyone’s votes are counted.
Q: How can people check their ballot papers?
A: “People can check their status on votewa.gov. If we talk about when you might get a problem, you will either find it was accepted or not. If an election envelope is challenged, it is most likely challenged because the signatures are missing or the signature on the envelope does not match our records. In any case, we will send a letter to the voter within 24 hours explaining what the problem is and how it can be resolved if you wa. gov and find there is a problem with your ballot acceptance, wait for this letter and follow the instructions in the letter.
Right now, less than seven-tenths out of 1% of the ballots that got back to us have any problem. “
Q: There are a number of candidates for registration this year, will it make it harder or longer to count the ballots?
A: “That makes it a bit more difficult, but we have some very clear rules in Washington State on how to deal with write-ins. If they could possibly win the race then we will get through and we will get the names that are on the inscription line So make sure that you write the name for us clearly and legibly in this registration line and fill out the speech bubble if you would like to make a registration candidate. “
Q: If the clock strikes 8 p.m. on election night, how long will it take for all of the ballots to be counted and for you to announce the final results to the public?
A: “Well, pretty much all the ballots we got by Tuesday morning, we’ll process, check signatures, open the ballots and put them through the tabulation machines and incorporate them into the results of election night. Traditionally, that’s about 50% of all ballots that will be sent back to us. So we will keep processing because we have all the ballot papers that come to us on Tuesday and come to us in the mail on Wednesday and Thursday. So usually it’s around Friday before we tallied most of the ballots to have.”
Q: If I am a procrastinator, what is the latest thing I can register to vote or even cast my vote?
A: “You and many other people! To register to vote, you can register until 8:00 pm on the evening of the polls. But now you have to do it in person. So visit us at 1033 West Gardner at 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on regular days. Then until 8 pm on election evening. We will also have a center open on Monday and Tuesday of election week in the Mirabeau Park Center. “