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February special election is under way

by Gracelin Moore | January 24th, 2014

VOTE

Voters have begun casting their ballots for the February special election in Washington. Registered voters have until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, to return their ballots at voting centers, drop boxes or by mail. All mailed ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and require first-class postage.

If you haven’t registered to vote in Washington but want to vote in the February election, you have until Feb. 3 to register in person at your county elections department.

Elections will be held in 36 counties and 220 districts, encompassing about 59 percent of those counties’ registered voters and over half of the state’s voting population. This is a significant increase compared to last year’s February election, which involved 31 percent of state voters, said Patty Murphy, a voting systems specialist for the Office of Secretary of State’s Elections Division.

Ballot measures center primarily on education funding this year. Out of 283 measures, 270 are school district levies or bonds, almost tripling last year’s 100 measures in 84 districts.

The only counties not having an election are Clallam, Ferry and Garfield counties.

More information, guidelines and election results can be found here.

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