Study: Washington election system is No. 2 in United States
February 8, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 8, 2013
Washington ranked No. 2 among states for election administration performance in 2010, according to a national study.
In the Elections Performance Index unveiled by the Pew Charitable Trusts on Tuesday, Washington ranked near the top after researchers examined election administration performance across all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
“It’s great news that Washington is one of the very top states when it comes to the accessibility and integrity of elections and voter registration,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Washington’s top elections official, said in a statement. “I appreciate the hard work put into the index and how it provides an objective set of measurements to look at how we and other states are conducting elections.”
Other top-performing states include Colorado, Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
Using data from 17 key indicators, the index compares election administration policy and performance across the states and across election cycles. The index is based on the 2008 and 2010 elections and is scheduled to be updated once 2012 data is available.
The indicators include absentee ballots rejected, absentee ballots unreturned, data completeness, disability- or illness-related voting problems, military and overseas ballots rejected, military and overseas ballots unreturned, online registration available, post-election audit required, provisional ballots cast, provisional ballots rejected, registration or absentee ballot problems, registrations rejected, turnout, voter registration rate, voting information look-up tools, voting technology accuracy and voting wait time.
“Washington state elections officials have diligently worked together and succeeded in creating a system that voters can be proud of,” King County Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “It’s wonderful to be recognized at a national level for the excellence in elections administration that Washington has achieved and continues to improve.”