When elections come down to close votes, Washington’s system of counting ballots postmarked by 8 p.m. on Election Day cannot produce definitive results. It sometimes takes days or weeks to determine winners in tight races.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Secretary of State Sam Reed has tried to persuade state lawmakers to follow the Oregon model of requiring ballots to be in hand by the Election Day deadline. Our neighbor to the south is the only other state with all-mail voting, and, unless there was a special circumstance, Oregon voters know the outcome of its elections this morning . . .