Hundreds of voter records delivered late to county

A software glitch at the DOL kept voter information from being transmitted to Kitsap County.

PORT ORCHARD — Due to a software error in the state Department of Licensing’s (DOL) driver licensing database system, voter information was not transmitted to the Secretary of State’s voter registration database under Washington’s motor voter law.

As a result of the glitch, approximately 100 Kitsap County voters are being hurridly mailed a ballot via first class mail Feb. 7 for the upcoming Feb. 13 special election.

According to Dolores Gilmore, the county’s auditor, Secretary of State employees worked to match the voter data in the two systems to determine the number of voters affected in each county. They determined the total number of impacted voters is 6,969 statewide — and 268 of those were Kitsap voters.

Gilmore said those records were sent to the Kitsap County auditor Feb. 6. The data error was discovered when some DOL customers changed their name (with or without an address change) and were assigned a new driver’s license number.

Those changes were made in the DOL’s system but were not transmitted to the Secretary of State’s database system. Pat Kohler, director of the database system, assured county auditors that new controls have been put in place that monitors daily transmitted voter information to the Secretary of State, ensuring it is complete and accurate, Gilmore said.

Voters can verify their address, name and registration information at Questions or concerns about voter status can be directed to the Kitsap County auditor’s office at 360-337-7128.

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