The new statewide election management system, VoteWA, exceeded implementation goals on Primary election night, as voter engagement hit its highest level since 2009, announced Secretary of State Kim Wyman.
Fueled by new levels of service, including same day registration and prepaid postage, there was a 28.5 percent turnout of registered voters with 3,029 new voters on Election Day alone. As of Aug. 7, nearly 8,000 additional voters took advantage of same day services within the eight day period leading up to the Primary. According to Wyman, this level of voter engagement has not been seen since 2009 when the final turnout was 31 percent.
“We could not be more pleased with the performance of the VoteWA system last night,” stated Wyman. “The partnership between our committed election staff and county election administrators was evident throughout the evening as data rolled into the system. To tackle a system of this magnitude, as well as provide new levels of service including Same Day Registration, demanded hard work and commitment from everyone involved.”
The VoteWA system was also utilized for the recent processing of the Referendum 88 petition. The efficiencies of VoteWA saved time, money and expedited the validation of the R-88 signatures.