Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Kitsap County, WA adopts all by-mail voting

Kitsap County, on beautiful Bainbridge Island (east of Seattle, across the bay), has announced that it is moving to all absentee voting (essentially, vote by mail).

They took this action, according to the story, because 80% of Kitsap county residents vote absentee anyway, and they want to avoid the cost of obtaining new voting machines that meet HAVA requirements for precinct place voting.

This may end up being an unanticipated consequence of HAVA. By imposing expensive new requirements on the states, many may decide that it's cheaper and easier to simply shift to alternative balloting systems.

See the story here:
kitsapsun.com: Local


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