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Feb 24, 2012 18:13
Category: General News

Wash. Election Office: Postal Cuts Pose No Problem

     OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The office of the Washington Secretary of
State says consolidation plans by the U.S. Postal Service are
unlikely to hamper Washington elections.
     In Washington, ballots must be postmarked, rather than received,
by election day. Spokesman Shane Hamlin says that because of that
requirement, the postal cuts are unlikely to affect voting or vote
tabulations.
     But the office is still encouraging voters in the future to drop
their ballots in the mail by the Monday before a Tuesday election
or to drop them in a county box.
     The Postal Service is closing processing and distribution
centers in Everett, Olympia and Tacoma and transferring processing
operations in Yakima, Wenatchee and Pasco to Spokane. As a result,
most mail in Washington is likely to bear only postmarks from
Seattle or Spokane.