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Clerk Offers Postage Paid Absentees

Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced today that voters who choose to mail their absentee ballots for the November 8 elections will get the postage paid on their returned ballots.  “This is really cost-effective for voters.  They will save gasoline and they will save time,” said Hayes. It’s also cost-effective for the County.  Satellite voting at each of the taxing districts holding elections this fall could cost over $30,000 for two poll workers at each city hall & fire district office for two weeks.  By contrast, envelopes & anticipated return postage costs for up to 10,000 voters could be about $5,500/Kootenai County Clerk's Office news release.

Question: Is this a good move on the clerk's part?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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