Voter fraud is not an issue in Snohomish County

By Evan Smith

President Donald Trump may say that there’s voter fraud across the country, but there is no evidence of voter fraud in Snohomish County.

County Elections Manager Garth Fell says he has seen none in 10 years.

He said last week that Washington state has developed checks on duplicate voting, non-citizen voting and people voting in the name of dead people.

Snohomish County and every county in the state fights duplicate voting by checking every newly registered voter against a statewide database and by sharing information on each newly registered voter with other states that are part of a compact that 21 states established after the disputed 2000 presidential election. All voters are subject to challenge and prosecution if they try to vote in more than one place. Fell said that he knows of no challenges to voter registrations during his 10 years of working on elections in Snohomish County.

To check on someone’s eligibility to vote, including citizenship, Snohomish County elections officials are able to check on any of the identifying information that someone needs to give when he or she registers to vote. Fell said non-citizens who try to register to vote face prosecution and could face problems when they later apply for citizenship.

To prevent people from voting on dead people’s ballots, elections officials periodically check voter registration lists against lists of deaths compiled by the board of health, Fell said Monday.

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