The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Voters will have prepaid postage to return ballots


To The Eagle:

As the 2018 primary election is quickly approaching, Wahkiakum County is adopting a new prepaid postage procedure. Numerous counties in Washington state, with King County making the first move, have pushed for a prepaid return envelope for voters to send their ballots in. Washington state is in a select group that has moved to a vote by mail system entirely. To add even more accessibility and ease of voting, Wahkiakum County has decided to equip each ballot return envelope with prepaid postage. The registered voters of the county can simply mark their ballot and drop it in the mail, not worrying about acquiring a stamp to send it back to the auditor's office.

On May 15, 2018, Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Kim Wyman announced that the state has found funding for prepaid postage for those counties that will be participating in this new procedure. The secretary of state's office will provide a one-time grant for funding of the prepaid postage for 2018. King County has passed their own ordinance to require prepaid postage, so their system will possibly be used as a template for coming years.

The Wahkiakum County Auditor's Office is optimistic that by providing prepaid return postage, voting will become even more accessible, and in return, increase voter turnout within the county. For questions or concerns on this issue, community members can call (360) 795-3219.

Nicci Bergseng

Wahkiakum County Auditor


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