Who Counts the Votes?

The Mission

We are a volunteer only team of citizen researchers offering our discoveries to you to spread the word and educate others about the election process. We believe that an informed public is necessary for making what we view as much needed changes to the way our elections are administered.

Over the past couple years we have studied the election process within Washington state. We have shared much of our findings with you on this website. Be sure to browse the NEWS section to go back and see some highlights. Everything presented herein is a result of intensive research and investigative studies.

From this we have concluded that our the present election system is far too complicated. To sufficiently comprehend it requires voters to spend far too much time looking into it than most of them have available. That in itself is a very powerful argument against having such a complicated process in the first place.

It needs to be simplified so that the average voter can understand what’s going on without spending hours to do so, e.g., having same day voting, signing in at the precinct level, using paper ballots and hand counting. That alone would for the most part eliminate the complication as well as opportunities for fraud to occur.


With that being said, we try to do as much research as possible to make sure what we’re saying is accurate. But due to the complicated nature of the system we cannot guarantee that what we present is always 100% accurate. If you come across any error, please let us know and we will fix it.

The Truth About Washington’s Elections

Elections in Washington state are undeniably vulnerable and susceptible to fraud. The entire process is flawed and cannot ensure a free and fair, or even accurate election. Our research has shown there are major issues with voter registration, mail-in ballot delivery, vote counting systems, election management and records preservation.

For the latest updates and research findings, visit the NEWS page.

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Resource Pages

How Election Laws Are Being Broken in Washington State

This article is going to deal with specific and demonstrable violations of election law. Take note that there are other…
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Washington Outsources Censorship for Election “Threats”

Washington State’s New Censorship Plan We have previously reported on the attempt of Washington State “elected” officials’ efforts to silence…
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Hand Counting Challenges for Washington State

Earlier this week there was a hand counting demonstration presented in Mason County.  The presentation was wonderful.  However, it is…
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Skamania County 2022 Cast Vote Record Analysis

Cast Vote Records are difficult to obtain in Washington State. Recent legislation declared them exempt from public disclosure. We have…
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King County – Election Fraud Epicenter in WA

Updated 9/29 We will continue to update this article as this unfolds. Please check back for updates regularly. Why it…
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What’s Wrong with Voter Rolls?

Established by federal law in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), current voter rolls are state centralized databases…
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HB 1816 Prohibits the Forwarding of Ballots

Background on Mailing Address Option Washington state election law allows voters to receive their ballots at a location other than…
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HB 1592 – Ranked Choice Voting in Presidential Primaries

Changing the Way We Vote A House Bill was introduced that could significantly change the way voters in Washington elect…
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HB 1220: Universal Civic Duty Voting

Required Participation in Elections? HB1220 requires residents to register to vote and to submit their ballot. There is a companion…
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HB 1333 – Domestic Violent Extremism Commission

House Bill 1333 At the request of the Washington Attorney General’s office, House Bill 1333 was just introduced. Originally sponsored…
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SB 5112 – Election Related Bills – 2023 Legislative Session

Forecast The new legislative session has just begun in Washington. Already there are election related bills which have been submitted…
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Fake Election Recounts in Washington State

Skagit County’s Sham Recount When vote counting ended in the recent Washington State 2022 general election Legislative District 10 State Representative…
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Washington’s Congressional District 3

Joe Kent (R) vs Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D) Washington’s Congressional District 3 consists of 7 counties, including Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis,…
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Logic and Accuracy Not Actually Tested

Washington State law requires a test of the election equipment is done prior to each election. It allows for public…
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Cheaters Change Tactics in 2022 Primary

After the 2022 primary election in Washington State, analysis shows that what we believe to be the method of the…
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Who counts the votes in Washington state?

What did he say?

The county auditor is the “ex-officio supervisor” for the elections within their county. Each county auditor then reports to the Secretary of State (SOS) who is responsible for the election results and voter registration management at the state level. There are many people who play a role in counting the votes. However, it is a machine which does the actual counting.  

Tabulation

Election systems have multiple components, but tabulation is the act of recording and adding the votes to get the totals.  It happens when the ballots are scanned, and their images recorded by the optical scanner. Ballots which are unreadable by the scanner according to the software’s settings are sent to adjudication. The systems have an adjudication feature built into the scanner’s software, which allows an algorithm within the machine’s software to decide who the voter intended to vote for.

If the machine doesn’t automatically adjudicate the ballot, election staff use the “resolver tool” to review an image of the ballot, and then records the voter’s “intent.” There is a fine line between processing the ballots and the tabulation of the results. In many cases there is nothing else required after the ballots are scanned, other than to instruct the machine to display the vote totals in a “format which can be read by humans”.

Vendors

In Washington state, the tabulators were purchased from 4 different vendors. Clear Ballot equipment is used in 18 of the 39 counties, including Pierce, Snohomish, and King, the three with the largest populations. Hart Intercivic machines are used in 15 counties, ES&S is used in 5, and one county uses Dominion machines. Check out some of the concerns we have with the tabulation process and equipment.

Ballot Status and Voter Registration Updates

To check the status of your ballot, request a replacement ballot or to update your voter registration details, visit votewa.gov .

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