Gov. Inslee signing the Access to Democracy package,
Thurston Auditor Mary Hall to the far right looks on approvingly.
Photo credit: Office of Gov. Jay Inslee.
– Editor’s Note:
Thurston County Auditor has been tireless in her efforts for greater voter access. I am so proud of the work Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall has done in getting voter access bills signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, March 19, 2018.
– “State should pay counties’ ballot postage costs”
By The Olympian Editorial Board
“Washington state votes exclusively with mail-in ballots. This means that all voting districts should give voters the same level of help getting ballots turned in.
“That is why we welcomed the talks under way between Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Kim Wyman to find ways the state can cover costs of return-postage for ballots cast in all 39 counties during the 2018 primary and general elections.”
“In Thurston County, three-quarters of ballots are put into more than two dozen drop boxes, but local Auditor Mary Hall says prepaid ballot postage could boost overall voter turnout here by potentially 5 percent (in line with what she said was seen in two King County pilot projects).”