Postal Service Mailer Leads To Confusion In Washington

Sep 14, 2020

Elections officials around Washington are trying to clear up confusion caused by a Postal Service mailer to Washington voters.
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Washington elections officials say a mailer sent out last week by the Postal Service is causing confusion among voters. 

 

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton says there are two factually inaccurate claims. 

 

“They had recommended that if anybody wanted an absentee or vote-by-mail ballot to make their application at least 15 days prior to Election Day. That is absolutely not the case in Washington state. Every active registered voter will be mailed a ballot about 18 days prior to Election Day," Dalton said.

 

You don't need to request an absentee ballot in Washington.

 

The second claim instructs voters to put a first-class postage stamp on their ballot envelope to make sure it's delivered to elections officials. Dalton says that’s not needed. The state is paying for the postage, so there’s no need to add a stamp. J

Just drop the ballot envelope in the mail.  

 

She says if you wait until the last few days before Election Day, your ballot might not reach the elections office. You can then drop off the envelope containing a completed ballot in one of the drop boxes outside the public libraries, both in Spokane city and county.  

 

Dalton says voters will also have the option of voting in person or dropping off ballots at two sites on Election Day: CenterPlace in Spokane Valley or the Spokane Arena.