Washington State’s Department of Licensing announced Tuesday that a malfunction within the agency’s software system prevented thousands of DOL customers who thought they had registered to vote from becoming registered. According to the Mason County Auditor’s Office, 75 of those people are in Mason County and many of them are eligible to vote in next week’s election.
Secretary of State Kim Wyman, the state’s chief elections officer, issued this statement in response: “Our office identified nearly 7,000 applicants who need to be added to the voter rolls and issued a ballot. We are working closely with county election officials to ensure that these voters receive their February ballot in time for next week’s election.”
Mason County Auditor Karen Herr says her office just received 75 new voter registrations from the Secretary of State’s office and approximately 35 of the applicants are eligible to vote in the upcoming February 13th election.
A news release says ballots, along with an explanatory insert, are being mailed out ASAP but all ballots must be returned no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
If anyone has any questions, they are asked to call the Elections Department at 360-427-9670 ext. 470.