Thank you for helping make these last few years great ones for Washington residents. Because of your support, I am in my seventh year of serving as Secretary of State. It is an honor to represent you in Olympia—I’ve said it before and will say it again, I have the best job in the world because of your support.
Our state continues to be a national leader in voter participation, engagement and security. In the 2018 General Election, Washington voters cast more ballots than any of the other top ten states and nearly beat a state mid-term turnout record set back in 1970! We also improved the security and integrity of our election system by working with our county election officials to strengthen our cyber security protocols to fight off threats wherever they come from.
We made it easier to start or maintain a business or charity in our state by expanding access to our Corporations and Charities services. Now our customers can perform the vast majority of their transactions online, saving them time and reducing the need for travel to Olympia. We have reduced paperwork processing times from weeks to minutes and continue our focus on improving the customer experience.
There have been many other successes in the office, thanks to your support. In 2018 we expanded our digital archives collection to over 200,000,000 records available in our state archives. Our state library partnered with local libraries across the state on a University of Washington learning research project using Occulus virtual reality headsets. Our many successes are thanks to your support.
I am indebted to you for your support. Your donations, your hours spent volunteering, your willingness to tell your friends and family about how important this office is and why their support matters. Thank you so much for your votes and voices. You helped me win in 2016 and gave me this amazing opportunity to serve our state. As we move toward the 2020 election, I am grateful that I have so many amazing people by my side.
All the best,