WA Secretary of State encourages ‘roll’ with local election officials
King County election workers process the ballots at the King County Election Headquarters November 3, 2020 in Renton, Washington. (Photo by Karen Ducey / Getty Images)
According to Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, any concerns about voter fraud can be resolved with one simple solution: volunteering to help in local elections. The process is transparent and welcomes participation from community members statewide.
In an interview with KIRO Radio’s Gee and Ursula Show, Wyman encouraged anyone who might be concerned about the integrity of the electoral process to see it for themselves.
“I think we can allay a lot of fears by showing you all the safety and accessibility measures we have in place. I think when people see it firsthand it can change their perception of how we do things, ”she said.
Wyman referred to community members who in the past arrived at election headquarters with complaints of perceived voter fraud. They were able to see for themselves how the chain of custody, control and processing of ballots unfolds.
“I think a lot of voters would have the same experience if they just come in and watch. Quite frankly, election officials always need extra help, ”Wyman noted.
Ballots are processed statewide at the county seat of elections. To make it all the more transparent, the operation is often broadcast live, especially by King County Elections here.
This is a problem that strikes near Wyman’s. Last year, its national returning officer was forced into hiding after threats of violence were made against US election officials.
As for the August 3 primary elections, the turnout is expected to be lower than in the 2020 elections. Either way, Wyman invites the community to come and observe the level of control with which the ballots. votes are secured and counted in all elections.
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“If you really believe the system is in trouble, why don’t you go and work for an election office? Work and see it from the inside out, ”Wyman said. “And if there are things that need to be improved, you can make these suggestions.”
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