PRESS RELEASE: OLYMPIA — Due to risks associated with the continued impact of COVID-19, Secretary of State Wyman Kim Wyman and Washington’s county election officials called on Governor Jay Inslee to cancel the upcoming April 28 special election using the emergency powers granted to him in statute.
“When conducting elections, officials must always balance access with security. Right now, both of these standards are in peril,” said Wyman. “As this pandemic continues to evolve, we cannot guarantee to conduct this election by the same standards we administer every other election. We also cannot mitigate potential critical reductions in key election workers.”
Wyman is working with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal and other affected jurisdictions to find alternative options, including holding the elections during the August primary or November general. The elections can be rescheduled by the boards of each jurisdiction for future election dates, at their discretion.
Local jurisdictions across 18 counties were scheduled to hold special elections on April 28. Jurisdictions in at least two counties had proactively cancelled their April election requests by the time the letter was sent to the governor. An election regarding the Town of Friday Harbor annexing to the San Juan Island Fire District was set to be on the April 28 ballot.
A copy of the letter can be read here.