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I-1505 The Voter Protection Act
Bipartisan Review of Election Results
This measure came from the Skagit County Republican Party Election Integrity Committee, ended up in the Washington State Republican Party Election Integrity Committee and required months of meetings and planning. It will require all 39 counties to do “statistically significant” general election hand count audits for at least 3 different elections of all paper ballots tabulated in 12-voting precincts (before election certification). The entire 12-precinct vote totals must be no less than 5% of the total vote count for each of the individual races.
As an example, Garfield County only has 12 voting precincts, so an audit of this type would be an entire re-count in each race (assuming each race includes the 12-voting precinct county threshold). These audits will be overseen by a mutually agreed upon company selected by the major political parties.
Make Your Vote Count
By becoming a Precinct Committee Officer you will be involved in important decisions, meeting candidates who are running for office, and vote on important issues. As a PCO, you would be the first line of defense for your local neighbors within your precinct boundaries.
Duties include attending meetings within the legislative district, voting on important policy and other issues, representing the neighborhood you live in, and other overlooked tasks which are extremely important, and easy to do. Contact your county political party to inquire about the position. Applications are typically offered online or through email. You can also just show up to their monthly meeting and introduce yourself and get information in person.
In Washington, if there is not a PCO already elected to the position, one can be appointed. If appointed, the PCO should go through the process of filing during the next election, because elected PCO’s may have more rights than an appointed PCO. This is the number one way to have an impact in your own backyard. No experience is required. Lots of volunteer opportunities and events to participate in, if you so choose. Check out the Precinct Strategy for more details.
Eyes on the Prize
We need eyes on the election process and vote counting procedures at all times. The more, the better. They may encourage or require a short training lesson once a year, prior to participating, depending on your county’s rules. Some training may be available online.
Once you complete the training or other steps outlined by the Auditor, you are welcome to show up any day there is activity going on with the ballots and counting process. There are many things to watch. There will be a schedule of events you can find online or via email.
Because of our elections by mail, this is not a one-day opportunity. The county is opening and scanning ballots for days before the election. We need people to always be watching. This means we need you there observing the scanning and counting of the votes as early in the process as possible. If there is a period where there are no observers, we really don’t know what is going on.
If you are new to the observer duties, go to a primary or smaller election to get the hang of the way things work. That way if something happens out of the ordinary, you will notice it. More information coming soon.
Check your address for ghost voters
We are offering a free service that can be used to search your address and see the people who were registered there for the 2020 election, and whether or not they voted. You can also search for people using first and last name. Click the button below for more details.
Exercise your right to vote in person
Due to the vulnerabilities of the vote by mail system, we do not recommend returning your ballot through the postal service. Drop boxes should be available near you. Better yet, go vote in person. You can still vote in person at the county auditor’s office, which is the county election office. You can walk in and tell them you need a new ballot, or you can fill out the one you were mailed, and just turn it in there. All you need is your name and birthday, no ID. Matter of fact, they will not even ask for your ID.
Typically, even if you go vote in person, you will still use a mail in ballot with the envelope and security sleeve. There should be a drop box location at the office, unless they will accept it at the counter. If enough of us stop participating in election by mail, they will have to give us more in person voting options. Elections are supposed to be accessible, but they don’t even have a polling place. How is that accessible for those who want to vote in person due to loss of confidence with the current process?
Don’t vote early
Voting early leaves your ballot subject to unsupervised processing. If you don’t want to go vote in person, or if you are unable to, drop off your ballot as close to or on election day as possible. There aren’t election observers at all times during the weeks leading up to the election. The odds of an election observer, or several, are much better on election day. We don’t know what really goes on when nobody is watching. Protect your vote and turn it in before 8pm on election day.
Read more about what the early votes look like in THIS NEWS POST.