Saturday, November 1, 2014

Everything you need to know for Election Day!

Posted By on Sat, Nov 1, 2014 at 1:34 PM

click to enlarge Everything you need to know for Election Day!
Go mail your ballot already.

We're not doing endorsements anymore and that means we're not going to tell you how to fill out that ballot that's still sitting on your kitchen counter. BUT! We have covered all the important issues you'll be asked to decide on, so you've got plenty to study to make your own decisions.

To register: If you live in Washington and you're not yet registered to vote, sorry. It's too late. (Also, seriously? It takes, like, a minute. Get on it for next time here.) If you're in Idaho, you can register at the polls on Election Day. You'll need to bring a photo ID or sign an affidavit promising you are who you say you are.

To vote: If you want to return your ballot in Washington, make sure it's either postmarked for the last mail pickup on Election Day or safe in a ballot dropbox by 8 pm on Election Day. Find your nearest dropbox location here. Check whether it's been received here. In Idaho, find your polling place here.

Here are sample ballots for Kootenai County and Spokane County, and here's our coverage of the big races and issues:

Statewide initiatives: Dueling gun measures I-594 and I-591; I-1351, reducing K-12 class sizes

City of Spokane: Streets levy and park bond; more about the park bond

Spokane County Commission: Al French vs. Mary Lou Johnson; way more about Al French in our profile of him here

Spokane County Sheriff: Ozzie Knezovich vs. Doug Orr

Spokane County Prosecutor: Breean Beggs vs. Larry Haskell

Spokane County Treasurer: Rob Chase vs. Amy Biviano

State senator, District 6: Michael Baumgartner vs. Rich Cowan

State representative, District 4: Matt Shea vs. Josh Arritola

Other Washington state House races: District 3 position 1 and position 2; District 4, position 1; District 6, position 1; District 6, position 2

U.S. representative, District 5: Cathy McMorris Rodgers vs. Joe Pakootas; more on McMorris Rodgers' voting record here

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction: Sherri Ybarra vs. Jana Jones

More on Idaho's races for governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives here.

Yay, democracy!

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