Rumor patrol on ballot postage

Today, I checked into a possible snafu with ballot postage that turned out to be a non-issue.

We got an email from someone who said the post office told him the ballot he was trying to mail required an additional stamp. The problem appears to be an anomaly.

Elections manager Dolores Gilmore said that ballots properly returned would only require a single stamp. In fact, her office has received an estimated 10,000 ballots since they were mailed out last week. The single stamp seems to be working just fine, she said.

Gilmore said even if a person forgot to tear off the tab on the ballot, the extra weight would not put the envelope over the 1 ounce limit (for a single stamp). This election requires a 2-column ballot. Some elections require a 3-column ballot, which would be above one ounce, Gilmore said.

Gilmore speculated that if one were to mail a flier included with the ballot stating voter instructions and notice of ballot drop-box locations, and if the voter failed to tear off the tab (which is supposed to be removed), the weight might exceed one ounce.

If you want to save yourself a stamp, 24-hour ballot deposit boxes are available until 8 p.m. Nov. 8, election day, at the Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 NE Liberty Road, Poulsbo; and at the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division Street (corner of Division and Cline) in Port Orchard. The Kitsap County Auditor’s election division is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day.

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