Secretary of State Kim Wyman

Wyman Says Private Voter Turnout Website Isn't Nefarious

Oct 29, 2020

Washington’s Secretary of State says a private website that is providing information about voter turnout in the state is apparently on the up and up.

Kim Wyman told reporters Thursday that she and representatives from the Department of Homeland Security held a Zoom call this week with the two men who created VoteWashington.info. It provides not only stats about turnout, but also gives voters a chance to search to find out the status of their - and others' - ballots.

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As in many other states, early voter turnout in Washington is very high.

“We have some counties in the state that have already had half of their ballots returned and, statewide, we’re already at a 33% return rate," said Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman on Monday. She told reporters that county elections officials are happy to see so many ballots in early.

TVW Video Voters' Guide

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is running for a third term. She’s in charge of running the state election system. The Republican from Thurston County is challenged by Democratic state Representative Gael Tarleton from Seattle.  

Here are their statements for TVW’s Video Voters Guide series.

Courtesy of Kim Wyman

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman has rejected a suggestion by President Trump that the U.S. postpone the November election because of security worries.

Wyman says the Constitution makes clear that the presidential term ends at noon on January 20 of the year after the election. She says there’s similar certainty about the end of the congressional term.

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Washington’s Secretary of State says attempts to shut down or privatize the U.S. Postal Service would hurt the Evergreen State’s ability to conduct elections by mail.

Kim Wyman and her counterpart in Vermont today [Wednesday] called for Congress to provide economic stimulus money to the agency so it can continue to remain viable.

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Washington voters have cast ballots by mail exclusivity for 10 years. Other states are exploring that option, with Covid-19 looming as a potential threat for the presidential election in November.

 

Secretary of State Kim Wyman looks back at how the state has dealt with challenges to vote-by-mail, and what else might be ahead for voters this fall.

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Washington and Idaho are among six states that will hold presidential primaries tomorrow [Tuesday]. It’s a day some are calling Big Tuesday.

It’s the first time Washington’s primary has been this early and the state’s top election official is happy about that.

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Today on Inland Journal and the Inland Journal podcast, we look ahead to next week’s presidential primary in Washington.

“I think we’re one of the biggest on March 10 and I think that we’re going to get some national coverage, certainly, on Election Night and I think we’re going to see candidates, the two remaining candidates, come and campaign here.”

We’ll talk with Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman about issues related to the primary. Nick Deshais will tell us about a legal challenge over restricting guns at the Festival at Sandpoint.

The state of Idaho is preparing for the coronavirus. And we’ll talk about a public campaign in Washington aimed at steering young people away from opioids.

Archives.gov

The federal Office of Management and Budget, or OMB, says keeping the National Archives and Records Administration office open in Seattle is costing too much money.

It wants to shut the Seattle facility down and move the archived materials to California and Kansas City.

That doesn’t sit too well with Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who says the archive is important because it's a treasure trove of historic data including census records, maps, photos, and land records.

Photo by Leona Vander Molen

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman says Tuesday's election, when anyone could register to vote up to and including Election Day, meant extra work behind the scenes for election officials.

Courtesy Douglas County

The Douglas County courthouse in Waterville was closed again today [Friday] while detectives continued to investigate the circumstances around a tainted ballot.

An employee in the county auditor’s office opened a ballot envelope on Thursday that contained a white powder. The envelope and its contents were sent to a lab for analysis. Further investigation showed the powder was harmless, but the office and courthouse were closed.