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2011 Spokane Election Information

Release Date: 7/1/2011 11:45:00 AM

MEDIA CONTACT:  Marlene Feist  (509) 625-6740

2011 is a general municipal election year, which means many City of Spokane offices will be filled this year. A number of other items also will be on the ballot. The primary election was held on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The general election date is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Candidate Information
Within the City of Spokane in 2011, candidates are vying for the positions of Mayor, City Council President, and Council Member (one from each of the City’s three districts). City voters also will vote in a race for a Spokane Public Schools board member position. Throughout the county, many local offices also are up for election. For candidate information, go to the Spokane County elections site.

Election Forums
CityCable 5 and the Spokane Chapter of the League of Women Voters once again teamed up to provide televised forums for the November general election. The League organized and moderated the forums in partnership with CityCable 5 as part of an ongoing service to provide area voters with current information on candidates and ballot issues.

Forums featuring candidates for City of Spokane offices, a Spokane Public Schools Board position, and several state and local ballot measures were taped in September. The forums will be shown on CityCable 5 throughout October. Click here to see the full TV schedule. The videos also are available on line at . Click on “Other Video Programs” and select the General Election Forums.

Animal Control, Measure 1
All voters in Spokane County will consider Measure No. 1, a levy to replace the Spokane Regional Animal Protection Shelter. The Board of Spokane County Commissioners adopted a resolution to place this proposal on the ballot. The levy would increase the regular property tax levy in the County by up to 5.8 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation starting in 2012 and terminating in nine years or less. Here is the County’s fact sheet on this proposal.

Other Measures being considered
Voters also will be asked to consider a number of statewide and local measures on this year’s ballot. The Spokane County on-line voters’ guide provides information on the items that will be on the ballot.

Information on Campaign Signage
The City of Spokane has a sign code that includes direction on where campaign signs can be placed and how long they can remain in the public right of way. Candidates for public office have been provided with a letter explaining these rules. Click here to view the information.

Voter Registration
To vote in the November general election, Washington state citizens must register at least 30 days in advance. Voter registration information can be found here.

City Charter Change Information
Voters in the primary election were asked to make decisions about a series of proposed Spokane City Charter amendments. All but two of the changes (No. 7 and No. 10) were approved by voters.A summary of the measures is available by clicking here. Additional information, including City Council agenda information and the full strikeout and underline changes are available by clicking here.

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