Man claims his ballot was filled out by someone else. Here’s how King County Elections caught the mistake

RENTON, Wash. – A man in western Washington posted a statement on social media that his ballot was never mailed and he was later told that someone else had voted for him.

King County Elections headquarters in Renton showed KING 5 where every vote in the county would ultimately end up and what actually happened to the man’s ballot.

“We have many layers and many layers of physical and cyber security where we are handling the ballots,” said Kendall Hodson, King County elections chief.

For more than a decade, Washingtonians have voted by mail – it’s a system that works, but it’s impervious to mistakes.

“They had their eyes on their ballot, were expecting it in the mail and it never came,” Hodson said of the request in question, “understandably a really worrying situation.” to voters.”

Hodson said her office was also tagged in a social media post by a man who claimed he never received his ballot and that someone else voted for him. Turns out, they made a mistake.

“So what was supposed to happen is exactly what happened in this situation. Our team looked at it and said ‘there are no signatures that match this voter’s signature, we’ll have to flag it,’ Hodson said.

It turns out, according to election officials, that the ballot in question was filled out by the man’s neighbor, most likely by mistake – a problem that happens but it’s not as common as one might think.

According to the US Secretary of State’s Office, in the 2021 primaries, 19,509 votes were rejected. That’s 1.5% of the total vote. Of the rejected ballots, 59% were mailed too late and 26% were rejected because of a signature mismatch.

During the 2020 election, their office referred only 17 cases of alleged voter fraud to the prosecutor’s office. That’s 1% less than all the votes.

This year, there are new measures to ensure everyone’s vote counts. Voters can now opt-in to receive text or email updates on their voting progress. Web cams have been installed in the election office so that anyone can watch from anywhere on the election website.

“Interesting. Our team spends the whole year preparing for an election as big as this, so it’s great that it’s finally happening,” Hodson said.

As of Friday, more than 100,000 votes are inside the building, just a fraction of the more than one million votes that will count toward this midterm election.

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Edmund DeMarche

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