BREMERTON — “County poll standing: REJECTED,” the web site says, continuing to record 2,474 voters on the Kitsap Peninsula whose ballots have been flagged for additional assessment. 

However Kitsap County Auditor Paul Andrews says these voters needn’t fear about what’s a traditional a part of the voting course of.  

“It says rejected, but it surely’s truly in assessment,” he stated. 

The website Votewashington.information is a “totally self funded non partisan mission to allow public assessment and public dialogue of the official publicly launched information from our elections,” it says.

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An indication factors the best way to the poll drop on the Jenne-Wright Administration Middle in Silverdale on Monday, October 19, 2020. (Picture: MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

However, in response to Andrews: “The issue is it is not real-time correct, and so they’re leaving some data off,” he stated. 

Andrews stated the auditor’s workplace has flagged a lot of ballots for assessment. It is a course of the workplace calls “curing” a poll, and round 8% of all ballots returned undergo it. A signature won’t look proper, as an illustration.

The auditor’s workplace workers conducts a assessment that takes that 8% right down to about 3% that it wants to research, Andrews stated. These voters are notified by mail of the issue and the way they’ll repair it in time for the election to be licensed, which is on Nov. 24. 

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By the point that vetting is accomplished, the variety of submitted ballots that are not counted falls to 1% or much less, Andrews stated. 

The web site’s founders say they’re simply attempting “to supply the instruments to the general public to construct confidence within the election methods and to audit the poll standing of any publicly disclosed voter.” It is publishing a full record of registered voters as soon as a month and, for the 2 weeks main as much as Nov. 3, day by day poll standing updates.

Washington’s Secretary of State’s Workplace has reported the web site to the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company and the nonprofit Middle for Web Safety, in response to Kylee Zabel, a spokeswoman for the workplace.

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“It isn’t an official website of the Workplace of the Secretary of State, neither is it a verifiable supply of election data,” Zabel stated in an e mail to the Kitsap Solar. “Voters shouldn’t depend on this web site for official election data.”

She inspired voters to make use of, the state’s official voter data portal. Anybody with “challenged ballots” will get contacted by their county’s elections workplace to make sure it’s counted, she stated. 

As of Monday, As of Monday, greater than 99,000 of the whole 187,000 or so ballots in Kitsap had already been obtained by the county auditor, greater than half of all these mailed and an unprecedented quantity at this level within the voting cycle, Andrews stated.  

Josh Farley is a reporter protecting the army for the Kitsap Solar. He might be reached at 360-792-9227, [email protected] or on Twitter at @joshfarley.

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