When it comes to protecting voting rights, Kim Wyman has ensured that every eligible voter is able to cast a ballot. For nearly 30 years she has been working to make Washington a national leader for accessible and secure elections. Kim believes that every eligible voter should have access to the ballot without barriers. Because of Kim Wyman’s hard work and leadership, we have become the most accessible state in the country for elections.
- When national politics threatened to delay the United States Postal Service, Kim Wyman stood up for our voting rights and made sure that we would get our ballots on time. She passed an emergency rule that requires all ballots sent out in the 15-day voting window to be sent with a first-class stamp.
- While Kim has been Secretary of State, we have seen the number of places a voter can return their ballot (drop box or voting center) increase to over 500 across the state. When she was the Thurston County Auditor, she was the first local election official in the state to implement the use of a ballot drop box. Now, 90% of voters live within a three-mile radius of a drop box and 70% of voters live with a one-mile radius of a box. Kim also championed moving to postage-paid return envelopes for Washington voters in 2018, removing a significant barrier to voting in our state.
- Kim Wyman actively listens to the concerns of communities across Washington. For example, when the indigenous communities in our state told election officials that it was difficult for them to receive their mail-in ballots, Kim Wyman lead a program with county election officials to be able to geo-code non-traditional tribal addresses and send their ballots to the tribal community center – ensuring that tribal communities are able to cast ballots as easily as any other Washingtonian.
- Under Kim’s leadership, our elections have become some of the most accessible in the country for those with disabilities. In 2017 her office received the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission Clearing House Award for Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities for launching a statewide program that allows voters to independently access their digital ballot with accessible technologies. Kim makes sure her office leads by example when it comes to increasing access to voters with disabilities—always making sure to include the differently abled community when it comes to making election decisions.
Even after all these accomplishments, there is more work to be done. Kim wants to continue to lead the state and the country in accessible elections. She will continue the relationships she has built as Secretary of State with diverse communities of all backgrounds to make sure barriers are continuing to be removed from voting. Kim will also continue to stand up for our elections and our voters—sticking to the facts rather than engaging in partisan political posturing.