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On ‘The Impact’ — Why is WA so slow to count ballots? Plus, what’s next for legal pot

Rep. Sam Hunt (left) and Secretary of State Sam Reed talk with

Updated with video below.

On this week’s edition of “The Impact,” we look at why Washington state is among the slowest in the nation to count ballots. Ballots in this state must be postmarked by Election Day — which means that ballots continue to trickle in for days after the end of an election.

Rep. Sam Hunt (left) and Secretary of State Sam Reed talk with "The Impact" host Anita Kissee

In Oregon — also a vote-by-mail state — ballots are due at the county offices on Election Day. Outgoing Secretary of State Sam Reed has advocated for a similar approach that would change Washington’s deadline.

Not all agree — state Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, says that could disenfranchise voters. “Election day is election day,” Hunt said.

Host Anita Kissee talks with both Reed and Hunt on this week’s show about the issue.

State Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, announced this week she plans to introduce a bill requiring ballots to be in hand on Election Day, rather than in the mail. A similar bill sponsored by Becker last year failed to make it out of committee.

Plus, the state Liquor Control Board is gearing up for legal marijuana. Deputy Director Rick Garza talks about what’s next now that voters have approved I-502, and where the 332 marijuana retail stores will go.

Also on the show: The Department of Ecology launched this website to help explain the threats from chemical contamination. The website explains what you can do to help reduce contamination.

Watch the full show here:

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