OLYMPIA — A personal web site designed to offer Washington voters details about the standing of their ballots was incorrectly saying that many had been rejected.
County and state elections places of work had been flooded with calls from indignant voters, a few of whom needed to know why their private data was displaying up on-line.
Fearing a disinformation effort, Secretary of State Kim Wyman stated state and federal officers met with the house owners of the web site, votewashington.data, and found it was really inadvertent misinformation.
Callers had been complicated the web site with the state’s personal VoteWA.gov.
The web site operators had been utilizing public data, however misinterpreting state information on the standing of ballots which have been obtained in every county by not understanding the codes these places of work use for ballots which are put aside for assessment.
“We had been involved once we noticed the location,” Wyman stated. “The general public was very alarmed. Some requested ‘Why is my private data being shared on-line?'”
Voter data is public in Washington, and the secretary of state’s workplace lists a each day “poll standing report” for these obtained in all 39 counties.
The spreadsheet with that information has a column that notes whether or not a voter’s poll has been obtained, accepted or rejected. However for these marked rejected, the following column notes why the poll is being challenged.
Most ballots listed “rejected” in a single column are listed within the subsequent column as being underneath assessment, which suggests they’re in “some type of a holding sample,” Wyman stated. Often it includes a lacking signature or one that does not match the signature on file, that are additionally choices in that subsequent column.
Elections officers should notify voters of signature issues, which may be corrected for as much as practically three weeks after the Nov. three election.
Voters can discover out if their ballots have been obtained, accepted or have an issue by going to VoteWA.gov and getting into their identify and birthdate.
The non-public web site will stay up, with corrections and a clearer rationalization that it isn’t an official state web site, she stated.