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Washington Secretary of State

Secretary of State Hobbs continues to lead in WA with Wednesday’s results

November 10, 2022, 8:00am Latest News

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs continued to hold a lead over challenger Julie Anderson on Wednesday. Read story

Democrat Hobbs takes early lead in secretary of state race

November 8, 2022, 9:15pm Election

Democrats are trying to win the secretary of state’s office in an election for the first time in six decades after Republicans failed to advance a candidate in the primary. Read story

Inspection board worker Frank Lesick pushes verified, counted ballots into a safe after being processed at the county elections office Monday.

Decisive Election Day nears for Clark County

Inspection board worker Frank Lesick pushes verified, counted ballots into a safe after being processed at the county elections office Monday.

November 6, 2022, 6:05am Clark County News

The Nov. 8 general election is just days away and includes key races that will impact Clark County residents at the local and national level. Read story

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, second from right, a Democrat, and Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, left, running as a nonpartisan, shake hands after taking part in a debate, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Olympia, Wash., as moderator Melissa Santos, right, of Axios Local, looks on. Hobbs and Anderson are seeking to fill the remaining two years of the term of Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who left to take a key election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S.

No attack ads from Washington secretary of state candidates. What’s the race about?

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, second from right, a Democrat, and Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, left, running as a nonpartisan, shake hands after taking part in a debate, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Olympia, Wash., as moderator Melissa Santos, right, of Axios Local, looks on. Hobbs and Anderson are seeking to fill the remaining two years of the term of Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who left to take a key election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S.

October 24, 2022, 6:00am Election

To hear the candidates tell it, the campaign for secretary of state in Washington is about experience. Read story

Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick and the ranking minority member of the House Public Safety Committee, speaks on the House floor, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Olympia, Wash. House members voted unanimously Thursday to approve revisions to Initiative 940, the measure voters passed in November 2018 that makes it easier to prosecute police officers for negligent shootings. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Washington Republicans push write-in for secretary of state

Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick and the ranking minority member of the House Public Safety Committee, speaks on the House floor, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Olympia, Wash. House members voted unanimously Thursday to approve revisions to Initiative 940, the measure voters passed in November 2018 that makes it easier to prosecute police officers for negligent shootings. (AP Photo/Ted S.

October 20, 2022, 6:57pm Election

The campaign for Washington’s top elections official has largely skirted the proverbial elephant in the room: the voters, egged on by some politicians and candidates, who increasingly believe the state’s elections are rife with widespread fraud. Read story

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, right, a Democrat, and Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, left, running as a nonpartisan, take part in a debate, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Olympia, Wash., with Melissa Santos, center, of Axios Local, moderating. Hobbs and Anderson are seeking to fill the remaining two years of the term of Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who left to take a key election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Photos by ted s.

Candidates for Washington secretary of state disagree on experience, election management, cybersecurity

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, right, a Democrat, and Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, left, running as a nonpartisan, take part in a debate, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Olympia, Wash., with Melissa Santos, center, of Axios Local, moderating. Hobbs and Anderson are seeking to fill the remaining two years of the term of Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who left to take a key election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Photos by ted s.

September 27, 2022, 7:41am Election

For the first time in years, the race for secretary of state in Washington does not include a Republican — at least not officially. Read story

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, right, a Democrat, and Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, left, running as a nonpartisan, take part in a debate, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Olympia, Wash., with Melissa Santos, center, of Axios Local, moderating. Hobbs and Anderson are seeking to fill the remaining two years of the term of Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who left to take a key election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Party labels among topics in Washington secretary of state debate

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, right, a Democrat, and Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, left, running as a nonpartisan, take part in a debate, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Olympia, Wash., with Melissa Santos, center, of Axios Local, moderating. Hobbs and Anderson are seeking to fill the remaining two years of the term of Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who left to take a key election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S.

August 18, 2022, 11:03am Election

Democratic Secretary of State Steve Hobbs and nonpartisan Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson agreed on many things Wednesday in their first debate ahead of the November election: that more needs to be done to engage and assure voters of the safety and security of the state’s election system, there should… Read story

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs talks to The Columbian Editorial Board in 2022.

Rivals in primary still battling for second spot in Washington’s secretary of state race

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs talks to The Columbian Editorial Board in 2022.

August 9, 2022, 8:38am Election

The primary election for Washington secretary of state remained partly undecided after additional votes were counted Monday, with a shutout for Republicans looking very possible. Read story

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs talks to The Columbian editorial board Tuesday.

Washington Secretary of State primary election results: Democratic incumbent Hobbs trounces field

Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs talks to The Columbian editorial board Tuesday.

August 3, 2022, 6:18pm Election

Democratic incumbent Secretary of State Steve Hobbs won in overwhelming fashion over a primary field of seven challengers Tuesday, grabbing 41 percent of the vote as he seeks voter approval to serve out the remainder of the term he was appointed to last year. Read story

Mark Finchem, a Republican candidate for Arizona Secretary of State, waves to the crowd as he arrives to speak at a Save America rally Friday, July 22, 2022, in Prescott, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D.

Top election official races feature deniers of 2020 results

Mark Finchem, a Republican candidate for Arizona Secretary of State, waves to the crowd as he arrives to speak at a Save America rally Friday, July 22, 2022, in Prescott, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D.

August 1, 2022, 1:30pm Election

An Arizona lawmaker endorsed by former President Donald Trump who attended the Jan. 6, 2021, rally that preceded the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol and another lawmaker who also believes the 2020 presidential election results should be overturned are among four Republicans vying for the top elections post in… Read story