Washington officials gathered Monday to deliver an update on what the state is doing to strengthen its election security and snuff out efforts to spread disinformation.
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“We want to make sure our voters have the right information so they can participate in this election,” Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman said.
Wyman detailed state and local efforts to ensure that election security is strong, and not just when it comes to warding off hacking attempts.
“Our preparedness extends way beyond cyber-security,” she noted, pointing to an incident over the weekend as proof, when a semi-truck slammed into a Mill Creek ballot box.
The box was dislodged and bent, but all ballots inside were safe and remained uncompromised. That same box was also hit by a vehicle in September, which local officials are blaming on an adjacent traffic circle that “seems difficult for trucks to navigate.”
Meanwhile, several counties have enacted more stringent security measures of their own. In Clark County, an additional firewall has been installed specifically for its election office, as well as a physical security system on all the windows and doors at the office.
“We are very sensitive to security issues and feel really confident in what we’ve done,” Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey said Monday.
Many of these efforts date back to at least 2016, with county election offices spending the last four years ensuring that ballots can be turned in and tabulated without complications.
“Washington state is ahead of the curve on