We recently mailed out 4,300 letters to voters asking them to update their signature. We verify every signature before a ballot is counted during an election. Signatures can change over time for a variety of reasons and keeping an up-to-date one on file is important for efficient and timely processing. Some voters have several signatures on file with us.
State law requires that we compare the signature on a ballot envelope with the signature that we have on file (typically from the Department of Licensing) before we can count your ballot during an election. If the signatures match, we can count your ballot. If the signatures do not match or a signature is missing, we will contact you by mail, email, and/or phone letting you know how to take care of the issue.
Our staff is trained by the Washington State Patrol on signature verification to assure we are properly counting each ballot.
We are committed to making every single vote count! If you receive a letter please respond so we can update your signature and keep the voting processing running smoothly.