Live updates: Election 2020
The 2020 election is in full swing and voters showed out in record numbers in both Washington and North Idaho.
Ballot drop boxes in Washington and Idaho polls closed at 8 p.m.
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Live updates from across the Inland Northwest can be found below:
Robert Norris is set to be the new sheriff in Kootenai County after Mike Bauer conceded Wednesday morning.
Denny Heck will be Washington’s new Lieutenant Governor, defeating Marko Liias.
Mike Pellicciotti is leading the Washington treasurer’s race over incumbent Duane Davidson.
Incumbent Kim Wyman carries a lead over Gael Tarleton in Washington’s Secretary of State race.
The Associated Press reports Bob Ferguson has been reelected as Washington’s Attorney General.
SEX ED REFERENDUM
Washington state voters approved a sex education referendum, allowing Democrats’ wide-ranging mandate for public schools to stand and take effect later this school year. Referendum 90 was Washington’s only statewide ballot measure in the November election and the nation’s first sex ed fight to be decided at the ballot. The passing vote upholds a state senate bill approved in March by Democrats without any Republican support, which quickly triggered immense backlash.
Two Democrats, state Sen. Marko Liias, 39, the majority floor leader in the Senate, and retiring U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, 68, whose career in politics and public service has spanned more than four decades, are vying for the position. Heck was leading in initial returns. The lieutenant governor serves as president of the state Senate, participates on several committees and is next in line should the governor leave office.
Democrat Joe Biden won Washington state’s 12 electoral votes in the race for president. Washington hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan carried the state in 1984.
Ross Fulcher takes an early lead over Rudy Soto for Idaho’s First Congressional District; in the race for the Second Congressional District, Mike Simpson takes the lead with 53% of the vote, with C. Aaron Swisher following closely behind with 43%.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers is reelected as the Fifth District’s Congressional Representative after Dave Wilson concedes.
Robert Norris takes the lead in the race for Kootenai County Sheriff.
Early results started coming in from across Washington state, quickly putting Jay Inslee on top for the race for governor against Loren Culp. Likewise, Fifth Congressional District Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers quickly took an insurmountable lead over Dave Wilson. Chris Reykdal also took the lead for Superintendent, and Referendum 90—the ‘sex ed bill’— is looking to pass, as well.
Polls across Washington and Idaho officially closed.
Jay Inslee is reelected to a third term as Washington’s governor.
Rain is falling in North Idaho and a long line of voters are still waiting through it.
As of 4 p.m, the Spokane Arena has seen 1,610 people. There are four hours left for people to visit the Spokane Arena or Centerplace Regional Event Center to register or get a replacement ballot.
Some shops in downtown Spokane have boarded up their windows in anticipation of potential protests and riots. Spokane Police said they have not received any credible threats, but are preparing should any problems arise.
Auditor Vicky Dalton wants to remind voters that the Arena is not a polling location. She said many people have showed up wanting the “authentic voting experience” but Washington is a vote-by-mail state. The arena is available to those looking to register or who need last minute issues fixed.
Dalton said she expects about 3,000 people to utilize the elections office at the arena.
Ballots can be dropped there or at any other ballot drop box in your county. Find your nearest drop box below:
Republican sample ballots are being passed out at the Post Falls Library polling precinct. Employees said it is completely legal to do so as long as it is happening at least 100 feet away from the polling location.
The Spokane County Elections Office has taken over the arena for Election Day. People are lining up to register to vote and get other last minute issues fixed.
With just three hours until polls close, Kootenai County is seeing a record turnout at 80%, with nearly 30,000 ballots cast on Tuesday alone.
With less than two hours left until the voting deadline, over 2,000 people have visited the Spokane Arena to register to vote and make their voices heard. As of 6 p.m., the wait is now under an hour.
With just one hour left until polls close, Kootenai County reported a record-breaking voter turnout with 87,000 ballots turned it.
This story will be updated.