Multi-state study finds 74 cases of possible voter fraud in Washington

8 voters in county may have cast ballots twice in 2016 presidential election
By Nicholas Johnson | Oct 11, 2017

Some eight voters in Snohomish County may have voted twice in the 2016 presidential election, according to a study involving Washington and four other states.

Washington’s Secretary of State is forwarding some 74 cases of possible voter fraud to county prosecutors for investigation and possible prosecution.

Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Maryland and Delaware shared and examined information from their respective voter databases.

Those 74 cases in Washington include people who either voted more than once or voted on behalf of someone who was deceased. Of those cases, 60 involved people voting in Washington and another state, 13 involved people suspected of casting two ballots in Washington and one involves casting a ballot using a dead person’s name.

The 74 cases account for .002 percent of the 3.36 million votes cast in last year’s General Election in Washington. The eight in Snohomish County are among a total 360,487 ballots cast here.

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman said the study and subsequent investigation is further evidence that there is no widespread voter fraud in the state.

“Washington strives to find that perfect balance between access and integrity,” Wyman, the state’s chief elections officer, said.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for eligible citizens to register and vote, while at the same time protect our elections from fraud or abuse that could jeopardize the public’s faith in the system. That’s why our state and county elections departments go to such great lengths to verify individual voter information time and time again.”

In Snohomish County, four voters may have cast ballots in Washington and Oregon, while another two may have voted here and in Colorado. One voter may have voted twice in this county, while another may have voted here and in King County, according to the study.

Wyman said her office works hard to protect the integrity of the state’s voting rolls in order to preserve public confidence in elections.

“We work closely with local elections officials,” she said, “and when we find credible evidence that illegal voting activity has taken place, we turn it over for further investigation.”

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