- Editor’s note: Last week, Secretary of State Kim Wyman named Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall the 2020 WA. Auditor of the Year. She cited Hall’s work in creating an innovative drive-through voting center at the South Puget Sound Community College campus in Olympia.
- What stood out was Republican Wyman acknowledging a Democrat, Mary Hall for her legislative record in working to secure state funding for elections and expand access to the ballot.
- Wyman said, “Aside from her many preparations for the 2020 election, Auditor Hall remains a leader in legislative efforts related to elections and is committed to sharing with legislators and the public the painstaking work of election officials to keep our elections free, fair, and secure.” Read more from The Olympian.
- Emmett O’Connell tweeted this about his boss Mary Hall’s award: “Among all the praise my boss, the chief election official in Thurston County, has been getting this week, this comment stands out. And it because of the Big Lie, the associated harassment and emotional pain that this comment matters to me.”
- O’Connell added, “Suffice to say, Mary Hall is pretty awesome.” Read more
- I was inspired to hear such public glee from a government worker about their boss. BRAVO, Mr. O’Connell!
- With voter suppression/nullification bills underway in Republican controlled state legislatures, we voters are blessed with impeccable election officials here in Washington!
- These stories highlight how our democracy is under assault:
+ Salon Magazine: How to lose America: The death of democracy looks nearer than ever – “We are not immune from autocrats and dictatorship and we are not protected by our Constitution if it no longer holds meaning for those in power.”
+ The Washington Post: Voter suppression is bad. But this tactic is even worse. “As they target the people and positions that stood in their way last time , they also are attempting to change the rules, so a pro-Trump legislature could more easily override the will of the people — and the objections of any honest secretary of state who stood in the way.
“If Trump continues to push lies about election fraud, it may cause his base of supporters to distrust the democratic process altogether, in turn discouraging them from voting in the 2022 midterms, much like what may have happened in Georgia during the Senate runoff races earlier this year.
“‘This could cost the Republicans the majority in the House in 2022,’ veteran GOP pollster Frank Luntz recently said. “What Donald Trump is saying is actually telling people it’s not worth it to vote. … And he may be the greatest tool in the Democrats’ arsenal to keep control of the House and Senate in 2022.”