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Tag: Vote by mail

Nov.
9th

Governor wants faster vote count

The Associated Press statehouse bureau just filed the story below. The governor’s call to speed up voting may resonate in Pierce County, where it’s taken days of ballot counting for Marilyn Strickland to emerge as Tacoma’s new mayor.

My home state of Oregon, which pioneered mail voting, had a rule that ballots had to be received by election day – either mailed early or dropped off. Making such a transition would be difficult for many voters here, I’d think. Many people like to hold onto their ballots as long as possible.

Gov. Chris Gregoire says she’d like to

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Oct.
26th

Some Pierce County voters get postage paid

Since I reported earlier this month that it will cost an estimated 61 cents to mail your absentee ballot in Pierce County, I’ve had several phone calls from people who tell me their return ballot envelopes say “no postage necessary.”

It turns out the county auditor’s office still pays postage for people in some areas. Here’s why.

State law allows local elections officials to designate any precinct with fewer than 200 poll voters as a vote by mail precinct. In those precincts, there is no polling place; you can only vote by mail.

According to elections manager Lori Augino,

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