OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — It's well known that in Washington state, elections often don't end on election night, because the state's vote-by-mail system ensures that any close race will be unsettled for days afterward.
But one measure introduced by Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, would require ballots on election night to be processed and counted until midnight, unless there are no more ballots on hand to count.
During this past election in November, all of the state's counties, except for Pierce, did one count shortly after the 8 p.m. "poll close" deadline and then resumed tally updates in the following days and weeks. The governor's race wasn't called until the end of election week, and other races that were too close to call went even longer.
Van De Wege's bill is set to have a hearing on Thursday before the House Government Operations & Elections Committee.