From Our Corner Blog Posts

  • Secretary of State Kim Wyman and county election leaders have announced a bipartisan proposal to clear the way to check for citizenship of people who want to register and vote in Washington. At a news conference in Spokane on Friday, Wyman and county partners proposed legislation for the upcoming session that would adopt the REAL ID Act for Washington. That would mean people would have to present citizenship verification to get a driver’s license, and election administrators could then do...

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  •   2016 Archives Month poster. (Image courtesy of Washington State Archives) When it comes to parks, Washington is pretty blessed. Just consider our national parks. Our oldest, Mount Rainier, includes its namesake peak that majestically stands nearly three miles above sea level and draws visitors not only from our state but around the nation and world. Then there is Olympic National Park, which is highlighted by the breathtaking view from Hurricane Ridge, the incredible rain forests on the park’s west...

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  • Facebook’s voter-registration prompt to its Washington followers was a smash success. Last Friday was a record one-day registration spike of 14,824, nearly 13,000 of those via our online MyVote, the second most for a single day since the portal was launched. From Friday through yesterday, Washington residents on Facebook who are 18 or older got a reminder at the top of their news feed urging them to register, providing a link that, in turn, connected people with MyVote. The previous...

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  • Secretary Wyman with Sons of the Revolution at Ancestry Day Saturday in Tacoma. (Photos courtesy of Washington State Archives) It takes a special event to keep sun-craving Northwesterners indoors on a nice September weekend, but that was the case Saturday as hundreds packed themselves into a large meeting room at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center for Ancestry Day. The event was co-hosted by Ancestry, the Washington State Historical Society, and the Office of Secretary of State’s Washington State...

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  • Facebook has launched an internet drive to prompt people to register to vote, including many in Washington. From Friday through Monday, Sept. 26, people on Facebook who are 18 and older will get a reminder at the top of their news feed urging them to get registered to vote – or if they already are registered, to remind their FB friends to do so. Secretary of State  Kim Wyman, the state’s chief elections official, said Washington could set a single-day...

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