The recent primary had more eyes on it than usual, perhaps because it was the first election that Washington used its new VoteWa system.
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Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson watched August 6 as the election was underway and votes were counted. Meanwhile, north of Pierce County, King County Director of Elections Julie Wise was monitoring the primary election in her jurisdiction. Both had very different experiences.
“VoteWa is already showing a lot of value,” Anderson told KIRO Radio. “If this had been a larger election, we would have been really glad VoteWa is here.”
“This primary election really highlighted some areas in which we need to fix prior to going into the general election,” Wise said, commenting that voters received ballots with incorrect information and some were even sent to deceased residents.
VoteWa is Washington’s new election system, aimed at bringing elections into a more modern era. Before the primary, Secretary of State Kim Wyman told KIRO Radio that VoteWa is meant to make elections more secure and protect against things like voter fraud, duplicate voters, and Russian hackers. Washington was among 19 states targeted by Russian hackers during the 2016 election.
VoteWa doesn’t have anything to do with counting votes, rather, it deals with other aspects of elections, such as same (election) day registration. VoteWa allows the state’s 39 counties to see such updates in real time on election day.
VoteWa in King County
Wise said that King County experienced a “multitude of issues with VoteWa” in the lead up to the primary and

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