While examining ballots that were improperly filled out, an official with King County Elections confirmed that if a voter were to mail in a candidate's name on a napkin along with the position that they were running for, the vote would be counted.
The official noted the example throughout the training on whether or not a ballot should be counted was for a voter supposedly trying to vote for Seattle mayoral candidate Lorena Gonzalez (D) in the November 2021 elections.
In this incident, a voter had sent in an envelope with a missing ballot. Included in the envelope was a newspaper clipping of Democratic candidate Lorena Gonzalez. Towards the bottom of the clipping, there was a pen mark that was supposedly in the shape of a checkmark. Because the voter did not have Gonzalez's name circled on the clipping the official stated that the vote won't be counted.
Though, an individual getting trained asked the official a question that exposed questionable Washington state voting laws.
In regards to the instance of the newspaper clipping under review, the individual asked the official with King County Elections:
"So, even if someone took a napkin and wrote the office, the race, and their selection, that would be enough?"
The official responded, "That would be enough and we would count that as a vote."
While other states across the nation are passing strict voting laws through legislation, the state of Washington gets the most slack for its voting policies.
According to former Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R), Washington is a "voter intent" state by law. This means that voters are not disenfranchised if they mark a ballot differently than guided. When voter intent can be seen, the vote will be counted.
According to the outlet, Federal officials have been in negotiations "for weeks" with Wyman to work as the election security lead for DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Sources told The Post Millennial that moving pods and shredding services were cited at Wyman's home in August.
Once Wyman leaves to accept the appointment, a temporary replacement would be named by Democrat Governor Jay Inslee, who would probably serve until November 2022 .