Follow us:

Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

February 20, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Election system

Skeptical of a miracle

Being an election worker, I can attest that Sam Reed’s proposal to start counting ballots the day before and change the drop-dead date to election simply will not work [“Make ballots due by Election Day,” Editorial, Feb. 17].

When I was working for the election department, I noted we were caught up with our work the day before the election. Most people, for reasons I do not know, vote on Election Day. Counting ballots earlier simply will not help. I repeat, it will not work.

Second, the post office is swamped on Election Day with absentee ballots. The rule requiring the post office to do a miracle on Election Day simply will not work. Sure, maybe in Oregon 132 ballots arrived late, but this number was the difference in a certain governor’s election.

Simply put, keep it the way it is. It works.

— Martin Nix, Seattle

Comments | More in Election

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►