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Yakima Voters Must Put Postage on Ballots

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YAKIMA--Yakima County's auditor says ballots are coming in at a much faster rate than the 2004 presidential election, but some ballots are missing something important.

It takes a little more than your John Hancock and filling in some boxes to vote: you also need a stamp.

More than one-fifth of the 97,000 ballots sent out by the Yakima County Auditor's Office have already been returned.  Most ballot envelopes arrive with stamps ... But some people miss the memo and mail them in without postage.

"Franklin County is one of very few counties in Washington state that does put return postage on their envelopes," Yakima County Auditor Corky Mattingly said.  "We don't do that.  With as many ballots as we send out, it would cost us over 40,000 dollars just in postage."

Unlike Franklin County, Yakima County does not pay the return postage for voters to send in the votes.  Mattingly says the county would have to cut another service if they paid for postage.

The post office still delivers ballots without stamps, but doing that puts the county on the hook for the cost of postage.

All ballots need to be postmarked by November 4.  And if you do not want to pay for a stamp, you can just drop you ballot at the auditor's office.