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New state election laws now in effect


New conveniences and increased accessibility for voters in Washington are now law, Jamie Groomes, chief deputy auditor and elections supervisor in Okanogan County noted Tuesday.

The state Legislature passed bills recently that changed dates and deadlines for registration and voting. The changes, which took effect July 1, include:

• Prepaid postage: Every ballot now comes with a prepaid ballot-return envelope so voters don’t have to search for a stamp. Every mailbox is now a drop box. Auditors recommend mailing ballots by the Friday before an election day.

• Online voter registration:...

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