Elections Office preparing for surge in ballots during final days before primary

Elections Office preparing for surge in ballots during final days before primary

Several days remain before the Washington State primary election, but the Spokane County elections office has been working for weeks now, opening and processing ballots in advance of election day.

As of Friday, 83,114 ballots had been returned, of the more than 300,000 ballots sent out in Spokane County. That’s 26.5 percent of voters- Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton said she expects to see a 35-40 percent turnout, total.

Election workers have a head start on the process- because of Washington’s vote by mail system, even a last minute surge of ballots on election day won’t overwhelm them.

“For us, election day is actually the calmest day we have,” Dalton said. “So much work goes in before and after that day,” she said.

This year, no postage is required to send ballots by mail. If you drop our ballot in a USPS mail box, be sure to check the latest pick-up time listed on the box.

Ballot drop boxes can be found at local libraries and city or town halls, as well as the Elections Office and the STA Plaza. Ballots may be turned into those boxes by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday. For a full list of those locations, see here .