February 6, 2009

Make it Harder to Vote

SEATTLE, WA - More than half of registered voters in Washington state say they favor stricter voter registration laws, "even if that means that some people are not allowed to vote who should," according to the new Elway Poll.

Fifty-three percent of respondents said they'd be for tougher laws, while 35 percent said voting laws should be less strict even if that means "some people are allowed to vote who should not."

Other findings of the survey:
  • Sixty-two percent of voters said voter registration should be allowed closer to Election Day. Current state law says you must register 15 days before the election.
  • Seventy-seven percent said military personnel should be allowed to cast ballots online.
  • Sixty percent said mail-in ballots should have to be received by Election Day. Now, to the great frustration of election watchers and the media, ballots just have to be postmarked by Election Day. That means close races are often not decided for days or even weeks after Election Day.
  • Seventy-percent say candidates should have to identify themselves on the ballot by "real party names" - i.e. Democrat, Republican, Whig, etc. Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi angered some when he listed "GOP Party" on last year's ballot.
The poll of 405 registered voters was taken Jan. 22-25. It has a margin of error of 5 percent

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