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VOTING: County Council should heed citizens

Letter by Andrew Milton, Tacoma on Feb. 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm | 2 Comments »
February 3, 2011 12:51 pm

Re: “Hands off our polling places, county tells state” (TNT, 2-2).

I was more than a little dismayed to read about County Council members using the language of demands – in this case, that the state stay out of the council’s business regarding the vote-by-mail decision.

I thought the council was constituted to do the people’s business, and while I understand that governments must sometimes make unpopular decisions, the council’s defiant retaining of polling places is both unpopular and unwise.

I say unpopular because the people have voted with their feet (pardon the pun) in favor of vote-by-mail. More than 80 percent of ballots cast in recent elections have been by mail. And registered mail-in voters participate at nearly twice the rate of polling place voters.

I say unwise because in the current budget climate every penny counts, and the per vote cost of administering polling places is about twice that of vote-by-mail ballots.

Voting by mail makes good sense (sorry; another pun).

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