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VOTING: Poll voters miss Rosa Franklin’s influence

Letter by Shawn Rogers Cooley, Tacoma on March 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm | 3 Comments »
March 11, 2011 1:08 pm

On March 4, the state Senate debated a bill that effectively ended poll voting in Pierce County.

When the Legislature began this year, I had sent my representative, state Sen. Steve Conway, a letter informing him that I wanted to see poll voting continue in Pierce County. Not because I took pride in the fact that Pierce County was the last county in the state that allowed poll voting, but because I felt it was a time-honored tradition that should be allowed to continue.

Conway was one the of the senators voting to end poll voting. It’s ironic that he replaced Sen. Rosa Franklin, who was a strong advocate of allowing Pierce County to allow poll voting. I can’t help but wonder if Franklin were still in office if this bill would even have come up for a vote.

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