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Pierce County all-mail voting bill clears committee

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 31, 2011 at 12:04 pm with 5 Comments »
January 31, 2011 3:53 pm

A bill that would require Pierce County to close its last polling places moved forward this morning.

The Senate Government Operations Committee approved Senate Bill 5124, sending it to the Rules Committee. Gov Ops Chairman Craig Pridemore said he supported moving it along because of a separate provision unrelated to the poll voting controversy, but said the all-mail-voting proposal needs more work.

Pridemore, D-Vancouver, said he’s not persuaded by those who say the whole state needs to have a uniform way of voting. “I have always believed we should defer to local control,” he said.

But so far, Pridemore said, he sees local support for ending poll voting. County Auditor Julie Anderson testified in favor of it. “The people I’ve heard from, from Pierce County, are in favor of eliminating this,” Pridemore said.

Pridemore still wants to hear from those in Pierce County who are opposed to going to all-mail voting, he said.

Sen. Pam Roach, a Republican who represents much of east Pierce, was the lone opponent of the bill. She called it an “end run” around the County Council, which includes her son Dan.

The other Republican on the panel, Sen. Dan Swecker of Rochester,  joined the Democrats in supporting it, citing cost savings to Pierce County and Anderson’s testimony as reasons.

A House committee could vote on a similar measure this afternoon.

UPDATE: The House State Gov. panel moved its bill forward, rejecting an attempt to gut it by leaving the decision on poll voting to counties.

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  1. securitygirl says:

    Perhaps the next step can be online voting

  2. dirtydan54 says:

    And after online voting for political candidates and public issues is established we can then place the voting on legislative bills crafted by legislators in the hands of the people.

    Whoa, what a concept.

  3. Anything to water down the concepts of identity, proof of citizenship and ‘one person one vote’, (or proof of being alive) is considered the Holy Grail to the Dems. As long as election officials keep ‘finding’ ballots the push for anonymous voting (as opposed to in-person appearances) is to be held highly suspect.

  4. dirtydan54 says:

    Anything to do with any elected official, public agency and the officers thereof, and all election methods should all be held highly suspect and face a thorough level of scrutiny.

  5. Another example of Olympia deciding the people don’t have a right to vote on a matter.
    This is none of Olympias business.
    Sorry that both our Exec. and apparently our Auditor have done an end run against the right of the people of Pierce County to vote on this. So we have the right to vote you into office but no right to choose how we vote?
    Olympia needs to let Pierce County voters decide this..to force their decision of the registered voters of Pierce is more than arrogant and an insult to all here.

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