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When mailing your ballot? Remember the stamp

Hundreds of thousands of ballots in Washington state are going to be mailed in the next four days.

Here are a few reminders:

Sign the outer envelope. If you live in a home with more than one voter, be sure you are signing your envelope, because the signature has to match the name on the envelope.

Put a 44-cent stamp on the envelope. And before you start complaining about this as an unfair cost of democracy, please note that in Idaho, mailing in a ballot cost 61 cents...there's was bigger.

Get it postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday. That suggests that you should not just toss it in a pickup box at 7:59 p.m. If you're waiting until Tuesday, take it to a post office, go inside and have them postmark it. Ofr save yourself 44 cents and take it to a drop-off box that your county elections office has set up in strategic spots around your county. In Spokane County, they're in all public libraries. Several "Voter Service Centers" will also be open on Election Day. We'll have a list on Tuesday for those who have waited that long.

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