As GOP fights mail-in voting, some Washington Republicans push back | KNKX

As GOP fights mail-in voting, some Washington Republicans push back

Jun 16, 2020

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic during an election year has renewed a nationwide conversation about mail-in voting.

The Republican National Committee pledged millions toward opposing election reforms, including universal mail-in voting. President Donald Trump’s campaign calls it “substantially fraudulent.” But that’s not true. In Washington state, where the practice has been in effect for nearly a decade, Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman said 142 people tried to vote fraudulently in 2018, out of more than 3 million ballots cast. That puts the rate at .004 percent.

She has said she hopes to convince people — including the president — that mail-in voting is a safe and effective way to conduct an election.

And she’s not the only Republican elected official concerned about her party’s rhetoric on the subject. Kevin Shutty is a Mason County commissioner:

“As Republicans, we should be embracing two things: One, election security, but also we should be looking for ways to safely and securely increase participation at the ballot box,” Shutty told KNKX Public Radio. “And I think here in Washington state we’ve proven that can be done.”

Listen to his conversation with All Things Considered host Ed Ronco, above.