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Observing Elections From Polls to Vote by Mail in 2012 Kim Wyman Thurston County Auditor Olympia, Washington.

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2 Observing Elections From Polls to Vote by Mail in 2012 Kim Wyman Thurston County Auditor Olympia, Washington

3 | Mail In Ballots | UOCAVA Voters Is there REALLY an Election Day? | Vote Centers | Election Oversight

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5 GOTVElection Oversight Campaigns want to focus on But who has time to do it all?

6 You need to think differently about elections. Welcome to Vote by Mail.

7 Washington’s Evolution to Vote by Mail How it Changed Campaigns Lessons Learned

8 Counties could choose to become entirely vote by mail for all elections Permanent Absentee Ballot Status available for all voters Increased types of elections ran by mail Permanent Absentee Ballot Status VBM precincts VBM Special Elections 1980’s ’s Washington State Timeline

9 Voters in all 39 Washington State counties vote by mail in every election

10 Vote By Mail Lessons Learned

11 Mailing the Ballots Ballot Returns Ballot Processing VBM in Washington State

12 UOCAVA Ballots Delivered 45- Days Before Election Day Mail-In Ballots Delivered to USPS 20-Days Before Election Day Ballots Picked Up Daily from USPS Ballots Drop Boxes Opened 20-Days Before Election Day

13 20-Day Voting Period Returning Ballots Election Day The Chase July 18 – Aug 7 Primary ElectionGeneral Election Oct 17 – Nov 6 July 19 – Aug 7Oct 18 – Nov 6 August 7November 6 July 19 – Aug 20Oct 18 – Nov 26 Primary Election Certification August 21 General Election Certification November 27

14 | Match Backs | Chasing Signatures Vote by Mail changes your focus | GOTV | Ballot Processing

15 Provide Ballot Drop Box and Return Information Available Data – Lists & Match Backs GOTV for 20-Days??? Yes.

16 Ballot Drop Box Information Available Data – Lists & Match Backs GOTV for 20-Days??? Yes.

17 Ballot Sorting Signature Checking/Crediting Pre-Inspection and Processing

18 Vote by mail streamlines and consolidates election administration Vote by mail changes the way people participate and requires active outreach

19 Yes. You need to think differently About how you run an effective campaign and observe the election

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