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Get those ballots in, slackers!

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on Nov. 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm with 4 Comments »
December 22, 2009 2:23 pm

The governor’s right. We ought to have a rule requiring that mail-in ballots be in by election day, like other states require.

With the exception of military serving overseas, there’s no good reason Washingtonians shouldn’t be able to get their ballots to their local auditors by then. If we insist on voting on election day itself, we can stick our ballots into the provided drop-off boxes (of which there probably should be more).

This isn’t only about annoying delays in finding out who won or lost. When the counting drags on – and on, and on – some people inevitably get suspicious about what sneaky things are being done with the ballots behind closed doors.

To this day, many Republicans think the 2004 election was stolen from Dino Rossi by elections workers in King County who kept finding new batches of ballots as the counting dragged on forever. Get the counting over with the week of, for heaven’s sake.

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  1. jimkingjr says:

    Baloney! There is no need to require voters to vote a week early, to be sure their vote is going to be counted, if we aren’t going to cut-off military votes and get the count done more quickly.

    What is the urgency? What GOOD reason is there to disenfranchise those voters who’s mail isn’t delivered on time. I for one am not willing to trust the USPS- they can’t get an guaranteed overnight delivered overnight, and they can’t get mail cross-town overnight, either.

  2. King is right, requiring delivery just isn’t feasible. The only thing that must stop is allowing ballots to be submitted (and postmarked) after initial results at 8:00 P.M.

    As to election integrity in general – firing responsible parties is necessary if the act does not rise to criminal standards – including the responsible Attorney. Today you likely can’t even find out who that Attorney is.

  3. King is right, **requiring** ballot delivery just isn’t feasible. That said it is crucial that we prevent any votes from being accepted on the basis of a post 8 p.m. postmark.

    The recent history of electoral foibles **might** not rise to criminal action, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be terminating those involved, including the responsible legal professional. These days you’d be lucky if you could even find out who the responsible party was….

  4. If you really want to encourage ballots to be in on time, maybe the County should send them out on time. I encourage anyone to make a request of the Auditor’s office regarding those records. While everyone hears what day they are supposedly going out, not all the ballots are mailed that day.

    About 11 days before this year’s election, I saw more ballots being delivered to the bulk mail center by Auditor staff. After chatting with USPS staff it became clear that this was the norm. One person even mentioned ballots going out the Friday before the election. This should not be acceptable.

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