Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman wants state taxpayers to fund prepaid postage for all ballots in every county across the state for the 2018 elections. Wyman is asking Gov. Jay Inslee to provide her with emergency spending authority. "We've run the numbers statewide and for the primary and general elections in 2018 it will be about $1.8 million."
The King County Council is voting on Monday on whether or not to provide prepaid return envelopes for voters and Wyman says that's her reason to support the proposal statewide because she says she wants voters to be treated equally around the state.
She says prepaid postage is cheaper than providing hundreds of drop boxes around the state. Wyman however says she doesn't know if it will actually increase turnout.