Citizens have the privilege and duty
“…If the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office,
to elect office holders and influence public policy.
the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made,
not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes;
corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws;
the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men;
and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded.
If (our) government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness,
it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine Commands,
and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws.”
(Noah Webster, 1831)
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice:
but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
- Voting-by-Mail. There is little excuse not to cast a ballot today. All citizens can register to vote online, and all voting in Spokane County is now done by “Vote-by-Mail.” (Spokane County had their first all mail-in-ballot election March 2006.)
- Non-English speaking voters.
Spokane has many citizens who cannot read a voter’s guide—those who are
blind, uneducated, have a visual impairment like dyslexia, or those
whose primary language is not English. Spanish pamphlets (only) may be
picked up at the Spokane County Elections Office. Contact the Elections
Office to request ballots that are printed in English, Spanish,
Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Laotian, Russian and Vietnamese.
- Many citizens do not vote. Many citizens feel they are poorly represented, and even betrayed by those elected to act in their behalf. However, generally speaking, less than half of Spokane County’s eligible voters voice their opinions by voting in elections; and as a result, low voter turnouts do not accurately reflect the true will of all of the people in Spokane.
November 8, 2016 General Election
306,261 Registered Voters
239,229 Total Ballots Counted
78.11% Voter Turnout
49.92% Donald J. Trump / Michael R. Pence
41.26% Hillary Clinton / Tim Kaine
August 2, 2016 Primary
296,722 Registered Voters
100,951 Total Ballots Counted
34.02% Voter Turnout
November 3, 2015 General Election
286,245 Registered Voters
120,460 Total Ballots Counted
42.08% Voter Turnout
August 4, 2015 Primary
210,360 Registered Voters
62,170 Total Ballots Counted
29.55% Voter Turnout
- Primary Elections in August. Why does Washington hold all Primary Elections in August, the month when so many people are out of town?
Senate Bill 6237 moved our Primary Elections from the former dates of either the 3rd Tuesday in September or the 7th Tuesday before the General Election, depending on which was earliest—to the 3rd Tuesday in August.
The reason for the change was due to the 7-week window between the September Primary and the November General Election, which does not leave enough time for the Spokane County Elections Office to count ballots, deal with any recounts or contested elections, and get out the absentee ballots for the General Election. It also moved the candidate filing deadline to an earlier date, requiring overseas and absentee ballots to be mailed sooner, and giving counties more time to certify elections.
In addition, not all elections are held in August and November. Elections for other positions such as School Board Members are often held throughout the year.
In 2014, 75% of the population in Spokane County was registered to vote. In that same year, 56.4% of registered voters voted in the Midterm Election. (Spokane Community Indicators, EWU)
- Vote - Elections matter! Thousands of new laws are passed every year in our country, by those who were elected by the people - people who took the time to cast a ballot.
- Christians need to make their voices heard at the polls. Ted
Cruz says Christian believers need to vote their Biblical values, rather
than allowing non-believers to select America's future leaders. "For
far too long, Christians have been staying home, have been ceding the
public square to non-believers. When we look at the state of the
country, when our heart weeps at what is happening to the country, and
we wonder, 'Why is it that the Federal government is waging war on life,
is waging war on marriage, is waging war on religious liberty,' is it
any wonder when 54 million evangelical Christians stayed home and did
not vote in 2012? If we allow our leaders to be selected by
non-believers, we shouldn't be surprised when our leaders don't share
our values...I am working to encourage Christians to stand up and vote
Biblical values." Senator Ted Cruz, GOP Presidential Candidate,
Charlene Aaron reporting, CBN News, The 700 Club, February 12, 2016)
- Take the time to determine which candidates have true integrity and wisdom.
- Determine which candidates will protect the freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution. Campaign posters and ads often create confusion, providing inadequate information
to make informed decisions to keep our government in check.
- Study and listen to both sides of the issues, looking for unbiased journalism.