Change ballot deadline
November 14, 2012
As the 2012 election winds down, there is a chorus calling for mail-in ballots to be due on Election Day, not sent on Election Day. The chorus is right.
Ballots are already sent with ample time for voters to fill out and return them by the election. Procrastinators will simply need to get their votes in the mail a couple days earlier, or take them to the nearest ballot drop box (instead of the post office) on Election Day.
The water-torture drip of results in the week or more after the election needlessly prolongs the results. Florida actually finished counting their ballots before Washington State. Washington State can do better.