Voting Information

Voting Facts

  • In Washington, a school LEVY measure must be approved by 50 percent of the vote, and a school bond measure must be approved by 60 percent.

  • All voting in Washington is done by mail.

  • Ballots are mailed about three weeks prior to an election day.

  • The upcoming election requires ballots to be returned by 8:00 PM on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.

Register to Vote

There are three ways to register to vote:

  • Online

  • By Mail

  • In-person

Visit the Benton County Election's website to learn more about how to register.

To request an online replacement ballot, visit Benton County Elections/Current Elections
or to request a replacement ballot in person visit the Elections Office at 2618 N Columbia Center Blvd Richland WA .

Remember to Vote

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 is Election Day. Finley School District will have one proposition on the ballot. We encourage all registered voters to remember to vote. If you vote by mail, ballots must be postmarked no later than February. Or, you may turn in your mail ballot on or before February 14 at a ballot drop-off location.

Why Validation Matters:

Passing a levy or bond issue isn't just a matter of majority rules. State law requires bond issues to pass by a "super majority." Not only do bonds require a 60% YES vote to pass, they also need a minimum voter turnout.

Bonds look at the number of people who voted in the most recent General Election and require that at least 40% of this number casts ballots in the special election.

For example: If there were 1,000 votes cast in the last General Election: 1,000 x 40% = 400. That would mean that at least 400 people would need to turn in their ballots for the bond to even be validated or certified.

Using the same example: 400 votes x 60% = 240 YES votes to pass.

Remember, a bond measure could get the required number of YES votes, but still fail if not enough people vote in the election (less than 40%). When it comes to bonds, every vote really does matter!