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.