**Press Release From Spokane County Elections Office**
SPOKANE, Wash. - Voters have until 8:00 p.m. on November 6th to return their ballots, but according to the Spokane County Elections Office – don't wait until the last minute! Voters throughout Spokane County and the vicinity have received their ballots and more than 43% of them have been mailed back to the Elections Office or used a drop box.
Drop boxes available for voter use:
Voters who have not yet returned their ballots are encouraged to use ballot drop boxes. Drop boxes are located at all city and county libraries, STA Plaza and the Elections Office at 1033 W. Gardner (north of the Monroe Court Building).
These boxes will be locked promptly at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day! Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton recommends, "Voters should plan to return their ballots long before 8:00 p.m. to avoid long lines at the drop boxes."
Voters can also return their ballots through the mail. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day – Tuesday, November 6th. It is important that voters check the pickup times on the mail box to ensure they are not too late. If the last pick up of the day has already been made, voters should use the county's ballot drop boxes. USPS collection box locations and pickup times can be found at www.usps.com under "Find Locations."
It is not too late for voters who have not received ballots:
If you did not receive your ballot, either call the Elections Office immediately or visit a voter service center on Election Day for a provisional ballot. Voter service centers are open until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Visit www.spokanecounty.org/elections to see a list of voter service center and ballot drop box locations in Spokane County.
Voters in neighboring counties should contact their county elections departments for information about provisional ballots, voter service centers and drop boxes.
Preliminary results available at 8:20 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6th:
Spokane County plans to release the ballot count and preliminary results on Election Day at 8:20 p.m. This will be the only release on election night. Results will be updated on Wednesday, November 7th as well as Thursday and Friday.
Visit www.spokanecounty.org/elections to view countywide results. For statewide results, visit www.vote.wa.gov . The Spokane County Elections Office will issue the official results on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.
Not surprisingly, interest is high:
With more than a 40% turnout before the final weekend, this election is on track for a final turnout of over 80%. "Interest is clearly high," said Dalton. "Our staff has been doing a fantastic job processing these ballots. Their job is easier when voters return their ballots early."