Statement on "Thurston County Voter Research Project" from the Thurston County Auditor's Office
– The Thurston County Auditor's Office is aware of door-to-door canvassing by the "Thurston County Voter Research Project." These canvasses are not associated with the Thurston County Auditor's Office.
Additionally, the Thurston County Auditor's Office does not go door-to-door to gather voter information. We do not have any jurisdiction to authorize groups to do so. "I understand this kind of canvassing is concerning," said Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor. "Voters are under no obligation to provide information to someone who comes to their door asking about their voting information."
"These are not Thurston County employees," Hall said. Canvassing for and with voter information is legal under state law. While some voting information (such as name, address, whether you voted in an election) is public record, what you confirm to someone at your door is up to you. Your response is completely voluntary.
"It is perfectly within your right to refuse to answer any questions from someone you do not know and trust," Hall said.
Anybody claiming to know which candidates or issues you voted for is not telling the truth. All ballots are completely secret because your ballot is separated from any identifying information before it is counted. Even election officials do not know how you voted, let alone third parties. No Thurston County Auditor employee will ever ask you who you voted for.
Thurston County Elections is diligent in maintaining the voter rolls for our 200,000 registered voters. We look to multiple sources (including the Social Security Administration, the state Department of Licensing and the United States Postal Service) to keep that information as up to date as possible.
A process to challenge voter registrations already exists. Any registered voter can challenge another's voter registration if they believe they do not reside at the address on their voter registration record. The Prosecuting Attorney's Office can also initiate challenges to a registration.
If you want to update your voter registration record, you can do so online at VoteWA.gov or give us a call at 360.786.5408.