Friday, October 18, 2013

Ballots are on their way; here's what you need to know

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 3:56 PM

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It's election time, folks. Here's what you need to know:

Ballots are on their way now. Oct. 28 is was your last day to register in-person to vote (the Spokane County Elections office is at 1033 W. Gardner). Election Day is Nov. 5.

Here is a sample ballot. (Of course, you'll only see races taking place in the city or district in which you live.) Once you send your ballot off, track it here.

Candace Mumm and Michael Cannon are vying for the SPOKANE CITY COUNCIL seat representing northwest Spokane and being vacated by Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin. John Ahern is challenging Councilman Jon Snyder for his seat representing the South Hill, downtown and Browne's Addition. More on those races here. (Amber Waldref is also up for reelection, but is running unopposed.)

If you're still undecided, here are the debates KSPS hosted for each race.

Cannon vs. Mumm

Ahern vs. Snyder

The League of Women Voters' forums also hosted forums and you can find those videos by clicking  here, then on "other video programs" and "fall election forum." (Ahern didn't show for this one.)

Two staunch Republicans are fighting for a SEVENTH DISTRICT state Senate seat, representing the northeastern part of the state: Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille counties, plus parts of Spokane and Okanogan counties. Story here.

SPOKANE COUNTY Proposition 1 asks about taxes to fund the purchase of mobile home parks near Fairchild Air Force Base, which officials worry encroach on the base. Two STATEWIDE INITIATIVES are also on the ballot: 517 to change initiative laws and 522 to require labeling of genetically modified foods. Find a roundup of those issues here and our in-depth look at the GMO question here.

The COEUR D'ALENE MAYOR seat is open and that race is testy. More here. POST FALLS will also hire a new mayor, four seats are contested on the SPOKANE VALLEY CITY COUNCIL, and a seat on the SPOKANE SCHOOL BOARD is in play. Read more about all three of those races right here.


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