This Week's View
by Deanna Lee Birkholm
October 18th, 1999
So Do Your Duty
Archive of Ladyfisher Articles
We have some interesting stuff on our local and state
ballots this fall. JC and I requested 'absentee' ballots the past couple of years.
If we get swamped with things we must do (or if we have to be out of town)
we still get to vote. We get two Voters Pamplets, one from the state and one
from the county. There is a lot of information in them, and since we made the
decision we would vote, we actually read them.
The two biggies on the State ballot are reducing license tab fees to $30 (instead
of an artificial value of the vehicle) and the Initiative to prohibit commercial net,
troll, and trawl fishing.
I will be surprised if both measures do not pass. The frustration level on taxes
here in Washington state, and the terrible mismanagement of the salmon were
bound to produce these initiatives. I recall hearing recently where Washington
state ranks 6th in the country for high taxes.
Getting to your local polling place can be difficult, and you might find it easier
and less hassle if you call your local county auditor and request an Absentee
Ballot. And once you have done that, the ballots are sent automatically. It's a
small thing to do. There is just something about having
voted that makes you feel good.
Maybe like having done your duty. ~ LadyFisher
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