SPOKANE, Wash. - When it comes to ballots, Washington is one of just two true mail-in states in the country. So while that might help voters avoid election day lines, it leaves other elements to be desired.
"I know some of my friends complained because they wish they got the 'I Voted' sticker," lamented mail-in voter April Wallace.
Despite the vast majority of Evergreen State voters mailing in their ballots, Spokane County still offers a more traditional option - complete with "I Voted" stickers. St. Mark's Lutheran Church was open to voters on election day from sunrise until the polls closed at 8 PM. The South Hill congregation stood as a reminder of what Washington polling places used to be - a community center where citizens brush shoulders with fellow voters on the country's most important day of the year. It's an experience temporary county employee Barbara Nelson knows is appreciated.
"They love it, they love that," explains Nelson. "They like to see everyone they know and all their neighbors. Some of them come here to vote and put their ballot in because they want to physically do it."
"I had a stamp on (my ballot) but thought it was far too important this year to just drop in my mailbox," admits South Hill resident Elise Balogh. "I decided to deliver it by hand, I wanted to be sure I saw it go in the box."
So while the vast majority of Washingtonians skipped election day mobs and paperwork, many local voters chose the brick and mortar route. Tuesday at St. Marks, it didn't matter if it was your first election or your tentch, whether you were visually impaired or hard of hearing - there was enough democracy for everyone.
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