King County Elections Director Julie Wise requested funding from the King County Council last week to guarantee paid postage for mail-in ballots.
The move would remove a crucial barrier to voting in a state that operates entirely on mail-in ballots. It could also end an ongoing debate about whether or not voters need to affix postage to their ballots.
“As we increase access with prepaid postage and ballot drop boxes, we’re beginning to see a real impact,” Wise said in a press release.
If approved by the County Council, voters will receive ballots with prepaid postage in time for the August primary election.
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