Last-minute Tri-Cities voter guide 2019: What you need to know

Tuesday is election day and the deadline to vote on a long list of city council, school board, port commission and other nonpartisan races.

Voters also will decide the outcome of a local fire district bond and two statewide ballot propositions.

Locally, Benton County Fire District 1 residents will vote on a general obligation bond to pay for equipment.

The statewide propositions include Initiative 976, which would set car tab fees at $30 and reduce other transportation fees and taxes.

The other is Referendum 88, which will determine if Washington implements the Initiative 1000 preferential treatment regulations approved by the 2019 Legislature.



  • Deadline: Ballots must be returned or postmarked by Nov. 5 to count. Putting it in the mail Tuesday may not be soon enough. Ballots may be dropped off at collection drop boxes or brought into county auditor’s offices in person until 8 p.m. on election day. Prepaid envelopes are provided. Sign the outside of the envelope.
  • Register to vote: You can still register in person at your county auditor’s office as late as election day.
  • County election offices: Benton County has three offices: 620 Market St., Prosser; 5600 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick; and 101 Wellsian Way, Ste., E, Richland. Franklin County residents can register at the county courthouse, 1016 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. Franklin County screens all courthouse visitors for weapons.
  • Drop Box locations. Ballots can be dropped off until 8 p.m. Franklin County locations are posted here and Benton County locations are posted here.
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Wendy Culverwell writes about local government and politics, focusing on how those decisions affect your life. She also covers key business and economic development changes that shape our community. Her restaurant column and health inspection reports are reader favorites. She’s been a news reporter in Washington and Oregon for 25 years.