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Bill Mandates Satellite Voting Centers

Ron Johnson is rooting for satellite absentee voting centers to return to Kootenai County. The Post Falls resident is among those who support a legislative proposal to revive the centers. "As long as I knew about it, that was my preferred way of voting," Johnson said of the site at Post Falls City Hall. "It was handy and was a pleasant way of doing it. Any chance we can increase voting is a plus." Kootenai County formerly had such satellite sites at city halls in Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Rathdrum and Hayden for 20-plus years before the Kootenai County Clerk's Office opted in 2011 to not have them to save money and for ballot security reasons. Currently, the only in-person absentee voting site is at the county elections office in Coeur d'Alene. However, the proposal would require counties of more than 100,000 residents such as Kootenai to have at least three sites/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you support legislation that would require counties of more than 100,000 people, like Kootenai, to open at least three satellite voting centers?

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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