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September 25, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Secretary of State predicts 62 percent voter turnout

Washington’s Secretary of State Kim Wyman has given her crystal-ball number for this year’s general election turnout: 62 percent. It’s a lower figure than the actual turnout for the last two mid-terms — 2010 had 71 percent and 2006 had 65 percent, according to a Secretary of State blog on Wyman’s prediction. But both of those years had U.S….

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January 31, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Second of dueling gun initiatives certified by Secretary of State

Initiatives for and against additional gun restrictions have officially been certified, setting up a near-certain November showdown. Secretary of State Kim Wyman announced Friday that Initiative 591 had officially qualified as an initiative to the Legislature, joining Initiative 594, which got the formal OK last week. Initiative 591 would prohibit any confiscation of guns without due process…

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February 5, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Study: Washington state has country’s 2nd-best election system

OLYMPIA — Washington has the second best election system in the United States, according to a 17-indicator index released Tuesday. The Pew Charitable Trusts study is based on data from the 2010 election. It will be updated with 2012 statistics later this year, officials said. North Dakota placed first in the index. Mississippi finished last. Oregon,…

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January 29, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Gary Alexander to serve double duty as Thurston County auditor, state lawmaker

From The Olympian: The Thurston County commission unanimously chose state Rep. Gary Alexander on Tuesday to replace newly elected Secretary of State Kim Wyman as county auditor. The Olympia Republican will serve as auditor until the November election. Then, he will have to run to retain the seat. He said if he is elected in November, he will consider resigning…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Gary Alexander, Kim Wyman, Thurston County auditor

August 7, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Kathleen Drew: Tuesday was a good night for women on the ballot

Kathleen Drew, a Democrat who appeared poised to advance to the general election for secretary of state, said primary night was a good night for women. Drew was ahead of fellow Democrats Greg Nickels and Jim Kastama in early returns. Republican Kim Wyman was in first (although Drew noted that the Democrats combined to get more…

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August 7, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Wyman and Drew likey to advance in race for Secretary of State

Republican Kim Wyman appeared certain to advance to the general election in her bid to replace retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed in November, based on early returns. Her Democratic opponent seemed most likely to be former State Senator Kathleen Drew. Wyman, the Thurston County auditor, held a big lead as the only Republican in a field of…

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