More ballot boxes coming to counties after House approves Pearson bill

Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill by Sen. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, that would require many more ballot dropboxes to keep voters from having to pay postage in order to vote. Having already passed the Senate, the bill now proceeds to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

“We should be making it easier for the citizens of Washington State to vote, not harder,” said Pearson. “Forcing people to pay for postage in order to vote is essentially a poll tax. It’s only fair that every citizen should have an opportunity to drop their ballot off rather than mail it in.”

Pearson’s bill, Senate Bill 5472, would require a ballot drop-box wherever there is a city, town or census-designated location with a post office. It also mandates that county auditors establish one ballot box for every 15,000 registered voters in each county.

Nearly 60 percent of voters in 2016 submitted their ballot via dropbox.