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Pierce County Councilmembers aren’t giving up on poll voting

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on Jan. 31, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
January 31, 2011 4:37 pm

Not so fast, Washington Legislature, the Pierce County Council is expected to say on Tuesday.

A majority of the seven council members have signed on to a resolution urging the lawmakers in Olympia to “preserve the time-honored polling place” in Pierce County.

The Legislature is considering bills on the issue of elections by mail. One of them, Senate Bill 5124, moved forward today.

It would mandate all-mail voting statewide.

Pierce County is the only one of the state’s 39 counties to retain polling places.

The Senate Government and Operations Committee approved SB 5124 and sent it to the Rules Committee this morning. (See Olympia Bureau reporter<a href="“> Jordan Schrader’s post on the issue here.

The resolution before the County Council on Tuesday urges lawmakers in Olympia to reject legislation mandating all-mail voting.

Among the whereases in the resolution are points that voting at the polls helps eliminate errors and spoiled ballots, that polling places “are the most secure way to vote, and that polling places bring communities together.

Though County Council members are united in their support of Pierce County’s voting independence, Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, whose office runs local elections, testified before the legislature in favor of the bill.

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