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Charting the democratic process

Elections work is involved, and not limited to a couple weeks a year


Last updated 8/26/2021 at 2:18pm

John McCallum | Cheney Free Press

Election employees empty mail bags of ballots from local drop boxes on primary election day Aug. 3.

SPOKANE - Voting is a process - one as essential to our democracy as yeast is to making a good loaf of bread.

On it's surface, that process involves the voter opening their ballot, reading and learning about candidates and measures up for consideration, properly making their choice and then sealing and returning said ballot.

That's on the surface.

Like an iceberg, most of what takes place at the Spokane County Elections Department - and similar departments around the state - happens beneath the surface and between voting cycles. For county Auditor Vicky Dalton, those cycles are not limited...

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