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February 22, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Voting proposal

Excuse us for straggling

Election Day is the day for casting votes, not the day for counting them [“Make ballots due by Election Day,” Editorial, Feb. 17].

According to a bill before the state Legislature, officials want people to mail their ballots in time to be delivered (not postmarked) by Election Day. They want to start counting ballots the day before.

Perhaps they would also like to send “Twitter” updates of their progress?

Folks had to wait three whole days after the polls closed to find out that Republican incumbent Dave Reichert beat Democratic challenger Darcy Burner last November. Why, that’s 72 hours! We are lucky there weren’t riots.

Officials feel unhappy that ballots “straggle in” during election week. Well, excuse us for straggling. We were thinking about issues, talking about candidates, checking the latest news or just putting off mailing our ballots.

What’s it to you? You work for us; do your job and count our votes. If we have to wait for the results of a close race, we’ll wait together.

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed needs to step back and look at the big picture, and our Legislature needs to reject this well-intentioned, but ill-considered bill. The voice of the people is worth waiting for — each and every voice.

— Brian McDonald, Seattle

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