Washington Governor Jay Inslee has generally earned praise for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. But a recent decision has prompted tough words from a fellow Democrat.
Mason County Auditor Paddy McGuire is preparing to hold a special election later this month for fire and school district levies.
Beginning 18 days before the election, Washington law requires that he offer in-person voter registration.
But because of COVID-19, McGuire said the county has closed his building and he doesn’t think in-person registration is a safe idea. So, he asked the governor’s office to use its emergency powers to waive the requirement for this election. The answer back, he said, was “no.”