– Editor’s Note:
Bravo to Gov. Inslee and Secretary of State Wyman for their efforts in making voting more accessible!
The Olympian Editorial Board advocating for this statewide measure was covered here May 12th.
– “Inslee, Wyman announce funding for 2018 statewide ballot return postage”
“Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Kim Wyman jointly announced Tuesday [May 15] they had secured funding for statewide ballot return postage in the 2018 Primary and General Elections.”
“Inslee’s office found a way to achieve statewide parity for the 2018 elections by combining $600,000 of the governor’s funds with a matching contribution from Wyman’s office. That money will come from current fiscal year salary savings from unfilled positions and unanticipated existing funds intended to reimburse counties for previous election costs.
“The total cost for funding all 39 counties is an estimated $1.8 million.”
“‘More voter participation makes for a stronger democracy. Because Washington is a vote-by-mail state, pre-paid postage is one important way we can reduce barriers to casting ballots,’ Inslee said. ‘We’ll be working with legislators to secure ongoing funding funding, establish a permanent statewide program, and ensure King County is reimbursed for their proactive work on this effort.'” quoting Gov. Inslee’s Media Release.