Gregoire pushes to make WA election results more timely

Governor Christine Gregoire (WA) has publicly announced (as reported in this story) that she is meeting with SoS Sam Reed to figure out ways to speed up the reporting of election results in WA.

The current race that is causing controversy is the Seattle mayor’s race, which still has not been announced.  King County is still counting the absentee ballots, and because WA has a “post mark” deadline (your ballot must not be delivered by election day, but only postmarked on election day), the ballots are still likely arriving at the county office.

The key issue, of course, is the postmark deadline, but I’m hard pressed to see WA changing that law.  Until they do, citizens and politicians are just going to have to put up with slow election returns.