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Secretary Wyman: Charges of rigged US elections `irresponsible’

Secretary Wyman: Charges of rigged US elections `irresponsible’

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman released this statement Tuesday: In recent days, we have heard heated campaign rhetoric about American elections being “rigged” and somehow predetermined. This kind of baseless accusation is irresponsible and threatens to undermine voter confidence on this most basic foundation of democracy. As a 24-year election administrator at the state and local level, with close relationships with the national elections community, federal security experts and independent academics, I have full and complete confidence in our…

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Voters’ Pamphlet accessible to voters living with disabilities

Voters’ Pamphlet accessible to voters living with disabilities

WTBBL narrator Rachel Glass records text from this year’s Voters’ Pamphlet. (Photo courtesy WTBBL) This year’s statewide General Election Voters’ Pamphlet will be mailed out soon to more than 3 million Washington households. The largest edition, at nearly 300 pages, will take even the most patient reader a long time to get through it cover to cover. For Washington voters living with disabilities, trying to read a printed edition of the Voters’ Pamphlet can be an impossible task. Every single…

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Special election ends April 26

Special election ends April 26

While many in Washington are looking forward to the state’s first Presidential Primary in eight years, about a quarter of the state’s registered voters have a chance to vote in an earlier election — the April Special Election. Ballots have been sent to 981,687 voters (24 percent of the state’s registered voters) in 22 of Washington’s 39 counties. Voters need to return their ballots at drop boxes or have them postmarked by April 26 in order to count. The special…

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SOS panel: Wyman talks elections with Munro, Reed

SOS panel: Wyman talks elections with Munro, Reed

Former Secretary of State Ralph Munro (left) talks about an elections issue as current Secretary of State Kim Wyman and her predecessor, Sam Reed, listen. (Photo courtesy of Lori Augino) The current and two most recent secretaries of state for Washington were featured guests at the annual state elections conference in SeaTac on Thursday, sharing their stories and experiences from the past 34 years during a panel discussion. Ralph Munro, who served 20 years as secretary of state beginning in…

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WA candidate Filing Week `important kickoff’

WA candidate Filing Week `important kickoff’

It all becomes official when Washington candidates for public office file their papers with election officials during the week of May 12-16. Filing by mail, now a little-used option, began quietly on April 28. But the more popular methods of filing for office, in-person or online, will take place during Filing Week.  Depending on the office sought, candidates will file either with the Secretary of State’s Office (on the 2nd floor of the Capitol) or with their county auditor. The…

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Online voter registratation deadline is Monday

Online voter registratation deadline is Monday

Chase Warren, who just turned 18, holds up his voter registration form, completed on his birthday. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Way) Congratulations to Chase Warren of Olympia, not only for his 18th birthday but for remembering to register to vote! Chase stopped by our office Friday afternoon, quickly and painlessly filled out a voter registration form, and left as a Washingtonian voter. He helped Washington move just a little closer to the 4-million-registered-voter mark. Chase chose to register the old-school…

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Wyman elected to national exec board

Wyman elected to national exec board

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, rounding out her first six months in office, was honored to be elected to the executive board of the National Association of Secretaries of State. Wyman, second from right in photo, was unanimously elected vice president for the western region of the United States by her peers at the NASS summer conference in Anchorage over the weekend.  Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, to the left of Wyman in the photo, is the president-elect….

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Start your engines! Filing Week May 13-17!

Start your engines! Filing Week May 13-17!

Candidate Filing Week, the official kickoff of the 2013 campaign season, is coming soon. For candidates throughout Washington, including local offices and three State Senate seats, it all begins Monday morning with the launch of Filing Week. For state offices, online filing begins Monday at 9 a.m. and runs night and day until 4 p.m. Friday, May 17. (Some county elections departments provide online filing, too.) In-person filing with the Secretary of State starts Monday at 8 a.m. and ends…

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September is National Voter Registration Month

September is National Voter Registration Month

If you haven’t registered yet to vote in Washington and need a little prompting, just realize there is an entire month devoted to this one easy but important action. September is National Voter Registration Month. Secretary of State Sam Reed is joining fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) to work toward the goal of making eligible voters aware of registration deadlines and requirements for the General Election ending Nov. 6.  Reed and other NASS members are…

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Reed certifies Primary Election

Reed certifies Primary Election

This month’s Primary Election has been certified, with Secretary of State Sam Reed doing the honors late Friday afternoon. More than 1.4 million ballots were tallied in the Primary, with voter participation a lighter-than-forecast 38.5 percent. The county-by-county numbers are here, along with the breakout for various races. The turnout was the weakest for a presidential-gubernatorial election-year Primary in recent years.  The average has run about 43 percent, and Secretary Reed had forecast 46 percent this year, based on what…

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