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Spokane County expecting high turnout on Election Day

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County could see one of its highest voter turn outs this election as County Auditor Vicky Dalton is expecting hundreds to stop by Monday and then a rush of people on Election Day as people drop off their ballots.

On Monday there was a constant stream of people coming into the elections office and they are expecting 80 to 85-percent voter turn out. That means the staff could be verifying as many as 250,000 signatures.

They also have to make sure the ballots will actually go through the machines, that there are no tears or stains. That'll get put to the test Monday when staff start to run the ballots through the counting machines.

Spokane County elections office preparations

The elections office cannot hit the "Total" button until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

"You watch those totals being combined and you start seeing what people want their government to be. It's a great feeling to know that we are helping every single person," Dalton said.

So many people are trying to get a hold of the elections office, they had to contract out to a call center. They filter out simple and common questions and anything more complicated is then passed a long to a live person.

It's taking seven full time workers and 70 temporary workers to keep up with demand.

To make sure your vote counts, if you're dropping off your ballot, you have to show up at the elections office before 8 p.m. Tuesday or find one of the county's drop boxes which lock at 8 p.m.

If you are mailing your ballot in, check the pickup time on the mailbox. to make sure it's post marked November 6.