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It's time to cast your ballot

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Courtesy Washington Secretary of State
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Washington voters have until 8 pm to drop off their ballots in designated boxes.

Washington voters will vote almost exclusively by mail; most Idaho voters will mark their ballots in person.

Election Day is here.

In Washington, voters have until 8 pm to drop their ballots in the specified boxes or take them to your county elections office or the voter service center at CenterPlace in Spokane Valley. Mailed ballots must be postmarked today to be counted.

Idaho voters will go to their polling places or get their absentees in the mail today or drop them off at their county election offices. In both states, you can register to vote today and then cast a ballot. You cannot register to vote online. You need to do that in person.

Spokane County’s early ballot return is a little more than the state average. The latest count shows almost 43% of ballots mailed out have been returned. That’s opposed to the state average of 39%.

The highest return rate in Washington is in Jefferson County, a bit less than 60%. Lincoln County voters are right behind at about 59%. Columbia and Garfield counties in southeastern Washington are in the 56-57% range. Other eastern Washington counties range from 27% in Grant County to nearly 51% in Ferry County.

Statewide, the ballot return is about evenly split between mail and drop boxes. In Spokane County, 64% have been received by mail. In the final weekend before Election Day, voters used drop boxes more frequently.