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Today is Election Day: Don’t forget to vote!

Today is winnowing election day across Washington State. Although it’s possible that you’re one of our readers who lives in a jurisdiction where there is nothing on the ballot (and thus there is no ballot), chances are, you were sent a ballot with at least one contest on it. Please don’t forget to take your ballot either to a post office or drop box today if you haven’t already done so.

If you’re not sure where the nearest ballot drop box is, and you live in King County, check out this list from the Elections Division.

NPI strongly urges all readers who live in King County to vote to approve the Veterans and Human Services Levy (Proposition 1). This measure would:

… replace an expiring levy and fund capital facilities and services that reduce medical costs, homelessness, and criminal justice system involvement with half of proceeds supporting veterans and their families. It would authorize King County to levy an additional property tax of 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation for collection in 2012 and authorize annual increases by the percentage increase in the consumer price index or 1%, whichever is greater, with a maximum increase of 3%, for the five succeeding years.

Our veterans – especially those who lack food, water, and shelter – need all the support they can get. By approving Proposition 1, we can let them know that we value their service and their economic security.

After the deadline to turn in ballots passes at 8 PM tonight, King County and other counties will post initial results for the 2011 winnowing election. We’ll be bringing you live coverage and analysis of the returns beginning around then.