Washington State Senate Exploring Ways to Speed Election Returns
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Lawmakers are looking for ways to accelerate ballot counting on Election Day.
A state Senate committee began considering a bill Tuesday that would reject ballots that don't arrive to the auditor's office by 8 p.m. on the night of the election.
Washington currently counts ballots so long as they are postmarked by Election Day, and that means many ballots arrive in the days after the election. Election administrators say they also have to follow strict protocols, such as inspecting each ballot, which add time to the process.
The secretary of state's office says it has concerns about the strict deadline proposed in the bill, but the office wants to work with county auditors to develop new ways to make the process more efficient.