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Lawmakers want to eliminate postage for voters


Last updated 1/23/2019 at Noon

Snohomish County Elections Manager Garth Fell

A proposed law requested by Gov. Jay Inslee would provide prepaid postage for all election ballots in the state of Washington.

Since 2011, all state elections have been conducted by mail, leaving voters responsible for paying the return postage, unless drop box locations are available in their county.

Senate Bill 5063, co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Nguyen, (D-White Center), and Sen. Bob Hasegawa, (D-Beacon Hill), would eliminate that cost.

Inslee and Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman combined forces to secure enough funding for statewide ballot return postage in the 2018 primary and gen...

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