Washington State voting issues
This page is part of the Election Protection Wiki,
- 1 Election and registration information
- 2 Governmental election authorities
- 3 State and local non-governmental election organizations
- 4 Election threats
- 5 Articles and resources
Election and registration information
Voting Machines used November, 2008 in Washington State
The source for this section is Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:
Optical scan machines:
- Election Systems & Software's Model 100
- Election Systems & Software's ES&S Model 115
- Election Systems & Software's ES&S Model 150
- Election Systems & Software's ES&S Model 550
- Election Systems & Software's ES&S Model 650
- Premier Election Solutions's Diebold AccuVote (including Diebold AccuVote ES-2000)
- [[Sequoia Optech Insight
- Sequoia Optech 400C
Digital scan machines:
Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots
- Main article: Voting machines
State and local non-governmental election organizations
League of Women Voters
LWV of Washington, Ms. Barbara Seitle, President
- 4710 University Way, NE, #214
- Seattle, WA 98105
- Phone: 206-622-8961
- Fax 206-622-4908
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bellingham/Whatcom County
- Benton-Franklin Counties
- Clallam County
- Clark County
- Cowlitz County
- Grays Harbor
- King County South
- Kitsap County
- Kittitas Valley
- Mason County
- Snohomish County
- South Whidbey Island
- Spokane Area
- Tacoma-Pierce County
- The San Juans
- Thurston County
- Whidbey Island
- Yakima County
- Skagit MAL Unit
- Jefferson County Unit at Large
- Methow Valley MAL unit
Washington Citizens for Fair Elections
Felon voting rights
"Washington law does not require people with felony convictions to provide documentation when registering to vote. However, interviews conducted in 2004 revealed that 36% of Washington election officials stated that individuals with felony convictions would need to provide documentation from the court before being able to register to vote. An additional 30% of officials were unclear about the law or refused to answer the question regarding documentation requirements."
- Main article: Felon disenfranchisement
- On September 30, 2008, the Brennan Center for Justice released a comprehensive report on voter purging. Appendix B of the report, titled Washington Case Study, states, "Between the close of registration for the November 2004 federal elections and the close of registration for the November 2006 federal elections, Washington deleted 503,151 registrants (15.4% of total registrants) from the state voter rolls". Purging methods listed in the case study are:
- Change of Address. Some counties remove voters if any mail is returned as "undeliverable."
- Duplicates. Some counties remove people with the same date of birth and similar names.
- Death. Some counties use newspaper obituaries to remove names. "Election officials are not statutorily required to send notice to registrants they intend to remove from the rolls for reason of death."
- Criminal Conviction. "In practice, despite the statutory requirement, one county official reported never sending notice to registrants whom she intends to remove for disenfranchising convictions."
- Adjudication of Mental Incapacitation.
- Voter Inactivity.
- Main article: Voter roll purges
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- Erika Wood and Rachel Bloom,De Facto Disenfranchisement, Brennan Center for Justice and American Civil Liberties Union, October 21, 2008.
- Myrna Pérez, "Voter Purges," Brennan Center for Justice, September 30, 2008.
- The Washington Case Study is listed in contents as Appendix B, but in the appendix as Appendix 2. The appendix is online at Appendix 2: Washington Case Study
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for Washington that helps locate Washington's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See Washington Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in Washington. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's Washington page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in Washington.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Washington page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in Washington. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Washington general information page, which provides information on Washington election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.