Washington SOS proposes bumping up primary election date

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January 10, 2011

By Kyle Maichle

OLYMPIA, Washington: Secretary of State Sam Reed is proposing to move up the date of the statewide primary election along with deadlines for sending mail-in ballots.[1]

The proposed changes are part of a plan to get the state in compliance with the MOVE Act. Reed's proposal calls for the statewide primary election to bumped up two weeks earlier than its usual date in late August. Also, the other part of the proposal called for mail-in ballots to be received by Election Day to the county elections offices instead of being postmarked on election day. The Secretary of State will also call for all military and overseas ballots to be sent electronically through email or FAX.[1]

Washington was one of a handful of states in 2010 that had to request a non-compliance waiver over the 45 day deadline for sending out ballots with the MOVE Act. The waiver request cited a 50 day transit period from when elections officials send out the ballots until its returned back and counted. No date has been set on when the bills will be introduced. The 105 day long legislative session begins on October 10, 2011.[1]

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