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Washington State Election Officials Discourage Ballot Collection

SEATTLE (AP) - State and King County officials are discouraging voters from handing over their mail-in ballots to people offering to collect them and drop them off for you.
    
Secretary of State Sam Reed and state elections co-director Katie Blinn say the state has regulations for transporting ballots that volunteers may not follow.
    
King County Executive Dow Constantine and county elections Director Sheril Huff say it's legal, but not a good idea to hand over a ballot to someone you don't know.
    
The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/qeiDYb) concerns were raised about the "GOP Victory Van program." State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur says it was aimed at helping GOP voters in the suburbs, where there are few drop boxes. Republicans say Democrats have been collecting some ballots from their supporters for years.

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