Washington is one of a few states that votes entirely by mail. Indeed, election officials cite several advantages of voting by mail. For example, voters find it convenient and flexible. It reduces or eliminates long wait times in polling places. In addition, it can increase voter turnout.
The Washington State Legislature mandated a performance audit of ballot rejection rates in a proviso to the 2020 Supplemental Budget. Legislators expressed concerns about the state’s ballot rejection rate. They also raised the possibility that rates varied between counties and different groups of Washington voters.
The audit had several requirements, including:
- Reviewing processes for identifying, curing and rejecting ballots
- Comparing county processes to laws, leading practices and to each other
- Examining the accuracy of ballot rejections
- Analyzing the demographics of voters whose ballots were rejected
Finally, legislators asked the State Auditor's Office to make recommendations to improve processes around ballot rejections.
Read a two-page summary of the report.
Explore a booklet of leading practices identified during the audit.