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Voting in Washington as easy as 1-2-3 | Letter

August 20, 2014 · Updated 2:44 PM


It’s difficult to see how Washington state could make voting any easier.

Each county mails the ballots to registered voters a month in advance so that voters have plenty of time to mark them at their convenience in the privacy of their homes.

Voters simply indicate their choices by filling in a little box, taking care to color within the lines. Finally, the enclosed written directions tell voters to seal the ballot in a colored envelope that has no printing anywhere on it, insert that envelope into a pre-addressed envelope of a different color, sign the outer envelope to verify the voter’s identity, then take or mail the envelope with the ballot back to the auditor’s office before the end of election day.

If only all voters would take that responsibility seriously.

We’re told that in the recent primary, the more than 170 Island County voters who forgot to sign their envelopes will get a second chance, notified in writing to do so, thereby wasting taxpayers’ dollars for paper and postage, plus paying a clerk to process the reminders.

Also disheartening, 226 ballots were, by law, rejected because the voters returned them after the cut-off date and time had passed.

That’s 396 Island County voters who should have learned three fundamental lessons taught by grade school and high school teachers everywhere, every day:

1. Read and follow directions.

2. Put your name on your paper.

3. Hand in your work on time.

It’s enough to make a teacher weep.

Anita Dragoo
Oak Harbor
Veteran teacher of 30 years

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