SPOKANE, Washington – Spokane County, along with the rest of Washington State, recorded record results before the 2020 general election. The county reported that more than 37% of Spokane voters returned their ballots. These are 127,499 returned ballots from 358,530 registered voters as of October 21, 2020.
Spokane County Auditor Vicki Dalton attributes the high rise in ballots returned to the high levels of public interest that this election brings. “In the six elections I’ve run, I̵
Dalton clarified that no direct comparison can be made between the statistics for the ballots from 2020 to 2016 due to the fact that Spokane sent ballots a week earlier this year compared to previous elections. “No matter what week the ballots were sent, the numbers we see in Spokane are still open,” Dalton added.
However, with the increase in the return of ballots comes the increase in ballots returned incorrectly. “We want to make sure people return their ballots correctly. That means making sure your ballot is returned in the appropriate envelope with your name, oath and signature clearly,” Dalton said.
Spokane sees a handful of ballots being returned incorrectly, and the county is urging you to call their office if you think you submitted your ballot incorrectly. For complete information on the proper submission of your newsletter, you can watch this useful video or visit the website for more information.
Spokane is not the only county to see a swell in returned ballots, as the number of ballots in Washington reaches 848,365 ballots returned by 4,821,903 registered voters. This is almost three times more than the number of active voters and ballots returned in 2020 compared to 2016.
Authorities are advising voters to cast their ballots as early as possible to facilitate the process. Experts predict that these elections will continue to carry record ballot numbers as November 3 approaches.