Shorter than expected wait on final voter registration day

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by KREM.com & Othello Richards

KREM.com

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 29 at 6:41 PM

SPOKANE -- Lines at the Spokane County courthouse were shorter than expected Monday, the last day to register to vote in Washington for the November 6 election.

Spokane County officials expected 15,000 people to register by the end of the day.

Election officials said in 2008, people waited 40 minutes to an hour to register on the last day. Early Monday, the wait was about five minutes. 

Officials said the quicker wait was likely a result of a new registration process that takes less time. People are also able to register online now.

Monday afternoon, a record 281,000 had registered to vote in Spokane County. 255,000 people were registered in 2008.

Spokane County expects an 85% - 90% return rate.

The elections office closes at 4:00 p.m.  Officials said they would keep the office open as long as there was a line Monday.
 

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