How state election officials guard the vote

Mail-in ballot
Washington state residents should receive their ballots by Monday. (Credit: King County Elections)

It’s finally come to this: Ballots for the general election are in the mail, and within days, Washington state voters can register their choice for president.

But how do you know the vote won’t be rigged, or ruined by Russian hackers?

It’s prudent to be concerned, but the state official in charge of the election process says it’s “irresponsible” to make baseless accusations about the integrity of the voting process.

“I have full and complete confidence in our system,” Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, a Republican who’s up for re-election this year, said in a blog posting this week. “Every eligible ballot will be handled securely and will be tabulated carefully and accurately.”

Washington politicians and voters had an up-close look at the chinks in the voting system back in 2004, during one of the closest state-level elections in history.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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