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Voters getting late ballots


February 8, 2018

Software error prevented transmission of some licensing information to election officials

OLYMPIA — Approximately 14 county voters will receive late ballots via first class mail this week for the February 13 special election, due to a software error in the Department of Licensing’s driver licensing database system that caused information to not be transmitted to the Office of the Secretary of State’s Voter Registration Database under Washington’s Motor Voter law.

The Dept. of Licensing and Office of the Secretary of State worked together to match the voter data in the two systems to determine the number of voters affected in each county. They determined the total number of impacted voters is 6,969 statewide and 14 for Lincoln County.

The data error was discovered when the Office of the Secretary of State and Dept. of Licensing learned that when some customers changed their name (with or without an address change), and were assigned a new driver license number, those changes were made in Licensing’s system but were not transmitted to the State Secretary’s system. Once the error was identified, the Licensing team worked over the weekend of January 26 to develop and test a fix to the 30-year-old driver database system. The software fix was released into production on the evening of January 30.

Licensing Director Pat Kohler has assured county auditors that new controls have been put in place that monitor daily transmitted voter information to the Secretary of State to ensure it is complete and accurate. Voters can verify their address, name and registration information at Questions or concerns about voter status can be directed to the Lincoln County Auditor’s Office at 509-725-4971.


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