Friday, August 19, 2005

Washington County votes to keep precinct voting

Snohomish County (WA) commissioners voted 3-2 to keep precinct level voting, even though the state-required paper audit machines will cost nearly $1,000,000.

As I wrote previously, these decisions will be coming fast and furious in Washington state over the next few months, since the state passed a law requiring paper audits. For many counties, they face the choice between retaining precinct polling for a dwindling portion of voters (less than 20% in many counties) and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, or else simply tossing in the towel and going to all absentee/by mail voting.

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