Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed has submitted a package of election-reform measures for the legislative session that began this week. Among his proposals:
-Allow online voting by military and overseas voters
-Require that mail-in ballots be received by elections officials on election day, not just postmarked
-Move registration deadlines back to eight days before Election day (rather than 15) for in-person registrations and to 29 days before Election day (rather than 31) for mailed or online registrations.
-Specify the major parties that a candidate could use on the ballot and provide a process for creating alternative parties.
I’m in the minority on our editorial board, but I’ve never cared for the push for all-mail balloting, although that’s the direction our society is headed.
What are your thoughts about the proposals that have been summarized above?