Vicky Dalton

Spokane County

Going into the final weekend before election day, ballots returned to the Spokane County auditor’s office are roughly in line with previous off-year election cycles.

As of Friday afternoon, 20 percent of the ballots that were mailed out in mid-October had been filled out and received by the auditor’s office.

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Spokane County’s filing week closed with nearly 198 candidates filing for 122 public offices.

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Spokane County will soon publish its first local voters guide in more than a decade.

That guide will include both for, and against sections for several local tax levies, a section the county auditor’s office says it needs volunteers to finish.

Postal Service Mailer Leads To Confusion In Washington

Sep 14, 2020
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Washington elections officials say a mailer sent out last week by the Postal Service is causing confusion among voters. 

 

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton says there are two factually inaccurate claims. 

Washington's Primary Election Day Is Here

Aug 4, 2020
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

UPDATE: We will post results from Spokane County and state of Washington races as they become available tonight.

Today [Tuesday] is primary election day in Washington.

The fields will be narrowed for nine statewide offices. There are about 35 candidates for governor and 11 for lieutenant governor, for example. Congressional and legislative seats and county offices are also up for grabs this year.

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Elections officials in the Northwest are breathing easier today [Wednesday] after learning about a new agreement regarding international mail. Without it, Americans overseas may have had difficulty returning ballots for the November election to their home communities in the States.

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The Spokane County elections office sent out overseas ballots for the November general election late last week. Service members and others who vote in Spokane’s elections have until November 5 to return them.

There’s one new development this year that could make returning those ballots a challenge.

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Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton is breathing easier now that the August primary election is certified.

That’s because the election was the first to be run using a unified state election system, rather than county-by-county. The election was also the first in which people could register to vote and then cast their ballots on Election Day. That change was part of a package of election reforms mandated by the legislature.

Ballots Due Tuesday For Washington's Primary Election

Aug 5, 2019

Tomorrow’s [Tuesday’s] primary election in Washington is focused mostly on local races, from city councils to school boards. There are two races where appointed legislators will try to win their seats for full teams.

It’s an unusual election in that major changes approved by the legislature this year are taking effect.

For example, in the past, people who wanted to vote in Washington needed to register at least a month before the election. But now that has all changed.

“Basically now, there are no deadlines," said Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton.

Changes In Place For Washington Elections

Jul 3, 2019

When the calendar turned from June to July, Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton’s job became more complicated.

“Elections in the state of Washington changed extensively on July 1," Dalton said. Her elections' office staff members are rushing to learn and implement new procedures before next month's primary.

Those changes were meant to make registration and voting easier.

Spokane Judge Rules In Restrictive Covenant Case

May 3, 2019
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

A Spokane judge has ruled against a homeowner who wants racially restrictive language removed from his home’s legal documents. The homeowner had sued to require the county to strike the language, but Auditor Vicky Dalton countered she doesn’t that authority.

The case was heard today [Friday] in Spokane County Superior Court.

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The Washington state auditor’s office is recommending Spokane County improve its oversight of payments made to third parties who file claims.

The auditor issued a report today [Thursday] in a case involving a former Spokane County employee who was responsible for falsified checks worth more than a million dollars over a ten-year period.

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Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we’ll hear about racially restrictive housing covenants in Spokane. Local historian Logan Camporeale has researched and written about this. We’ll hear part of a presentation he gave at Gonzaga University last month. And then we’ll hear about a lawsuit brought by a Spokane homeowner who wants language from one of the covenants removed from his home’s legal documents.

Spokane County Assessor's Race Now Final

Dec 12, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Spokane County’s election canvassing board today [Wednesday] finally closed the door on the November general election.

Five weeks after ballots were cast, the last — and closest — race has finally been decided. Tom Konis defeated fellow Republican Leonard Christian for assessor.

Spokane Election Certified; One Mandatory Recount

Nov 27, 2018
Spokane County

Spokane County’s election canvassing board today [Tuesday] certified the November general election. But there’s still one piece of unfinished business.

County Auditor Vicky Dalton says her office often is required to conduct recounts when races are close. This year there’s one mandatory recount, for the office of county assessor.

Elected officials all over the U.S. are asking questions about the security of America’s elections system. More than 20 states, including Washington, have confirmed outside attempts to get access to their electoral information.

In Spokane County, the top elections official says her office is working with the state to make sure the local system is as protected as it can be.

Spokane County elections officials are struggling to comply with a new state law that requires the county to install several more drop boxes for election ballots. The new law was approved last year by the Washington legislature, but didn’t include any money to help cover counties’ costs.

New Spokane County Commissioner Sworn In

Sep 29, 2017
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New Spokane County Commissioner Mary Kuney was was given the oath of office Friday by her now former boss, county Auditor Vicky Dalton.

Kuney was Dalton’s chief deputy in the auditor’s office.

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The Coast Guard is enforcing new standards that require many boat owners around the nation to get new hull identification numbers, or HINs, for their boats. A HIN is the nautical version of the vehicle identification number, or the VIN, on a car or truck.

USA Today

Every piece of legislation considered by a body of elected officials has some kind of back story. Sometimes a bill is sparked by an idea from a constituent. That was the case with one bill (Senate Bill 5472) now waiting for Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s signature. It started with an innocuous question about election drop boxes.