Feeling a little silly now, aren’t you?
It turns out those who want to mail Pierce County’s hefty two-part absentee ballots for Tuesday’s election don’t need to affix 61 cents in postage after all.
Auditor Jan Shabro now says that the county will pay the postage of voters who don’t use the correct amount. All ballots will be delivered and counted. The county doesn’t publicize that fact, she told reporter David Wickert in an article Thursday, hoping that voters will choose to pay anyway. Otherwise it comes out of her office’s budget.
That revelation, unfortunately, didn’t come out before a lot of voters had already put 92 cents worth of stamps on their ballots. (I’m guessing many of them, unable to find odd-value stamps, just used two 46-centers.) This is one of those rare times when procrastination pays off.
As a diehard skinflint, I’ve never mailed my ballot; the express booths are just too convenient. I use either the one at the Pierce County Annex or at Green Firs Village in University Place.
For a list of the booths and ballot drop boxes, click here.