The Spokane Arena could play an important role in the November general election.
County Auditor Vicky Dalton says her office is working with the Arena to serve as one of two places voters can go to do their elections-related business on Election Day and the Monday before.
“We’re going to have a lot of people there to help voters get their replacement ballots, get their envelopes, register to vote, as the case may be. We have a lot of space, properly socially distanced," Dalton said.
And, she says, there’s a lot of parking, a lot more than at the Courthouse, where her office is located. Dalton expects as many as 1,500 to file through the Arena those two days.
The second voter service center will be at CenterPlace in Spokane Valley.
Dalton says her office will begin mailing out ballots in mid-October. She says people are asking the best way to return them. If you fill out promptly, she says, the mail should be fine. Closer to the election, she says, you might consider dropping them off somewhere, a ballot drop box outside of a library or your nearest City Hall, the elections office or one of the voter service centers.