Have you ever voted in a local election? If so you understand this type of an election has a more profound impact on your day to day life than national ones. The odds say you probably don’t know the name of your mayor with approximately 25% of registered voters actually participating in mayoral elections. So why should you care? Well local elections influence everything from the local roads, welfare, taxes, public safety, economy, legislation and education. For example anytime the president or the government allocated funds to your local area state and local officials are directly behind the decisions of where and how much money goes to all of the recipients. By the end of this post you’ll have a better understanding of local elections and why it would be worth your inquiry.
The Spokane County current election date is August 7th, 2018. If you’re not a registered voter you have until Monday, July 30th (in person at Elections Office only). View Voters’ Guide Voting Units are accessible up until election day at the following places M-F, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM:
- Downtown – 1033 W. Gardner
- Northside – 44 E. Hawthorne Rd.
- Southside – 3324 S. Perry St.
- Spokane Valley – 2426 N. Discovery Pl.
- Cheney – 610 First St.
So the next time you hit a pot hole, or noticed your food or living cost increase consider the info above and the power of politics on the state and local level. In order to make change on a grander scale you must obtain a high voter turnout and make an impact on a local level first.
Now that you know a little bit of the why, how and where of local elections, you are equipped to make a more inform decision today than you did yesterday.
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