Coding glitch led to nearly 7,000 not registered to vote
A software glitch is to blame for thousands of people in Washington possibly not getting their ballots in time for next week’s special election.
As reported Tuesday, almost 7,000 Washington voters who had gone through the process to get registered were actually not officially registered tp vote.
The state’s Licensing Director said the initial error was detected in December, and was thought to be due to human error.
But in late January, it became clear that people registering to vote at the Department of Licensing who had recently changed their name and been given a new driver’s license number, did not have their information passed along to the Secretary of State’s office.
A fix was implemented while further investigation found 25,000 people had actually been affected by the issue since 2011, but many of them had since successfully registered to vote in other ways.
Washington’s Director of Elections reports 6,969 people remain unregistered, and the office is working with officials in all 39 Washington counties to make sure those people get their ballots in time.
The Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, also says her office is conducting daily tests to make sure this type of thing doesn’t happen again.
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